Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Children at kidsunlimited Wandsworth learn Tai Chi and Mandarin

Sue Learner, News Editor (28-Feb-13)

Children at Bright Horizons Wandsworth Common Day Nursery and Preschool have begun learning Chinese Mandarin and Tai Chi as part of its new language and culture programme. The nursery in south-west London has introduced the new programme as part of.....

kidsunlimited to open new nursery

Sue Learner, News Editor (28-Feb-13)

is to open another nursery in south-west London, taking its total number of nurseries up to 65. The new nursery will be the chain's second early years setting in Wandsworth. The new nursery,.....

Daisy Day Nursery opens its doors to parents to attend 'Play dates'

Julia Corbett, News Editor (27-Feb-13)

Two nurseries in Wales have introduced ‘play dates’, a regular Friday morning where parents can see what their child gets up to inside the nursery when they are at work. Parents are being encouraged to attend nursery alongside.....

Children England reacts to new EU Recommendation on child poverty

Julia Corbett, News Editor (26-Feb-13)

Children England has called on the Government to reconsider its plans to redefine child poverty after applauding a new EU recommendation. The EU Commission Recommendation provides guidance to member states on how to tackle child.....

Leading charities warn early intervention is crucial for the lives of children living with vision impairment

Julia Corbett, News Editor (25-Feb-13)

It has been revealed that greater early intervention support is needed for young children living with sight loss in the UK. The many challenges facing children were emphasised in 'Sight Impaired at Aged Seven' which also revealed.....

National Day Nurseries Association launches survey on 'More Great Childcare' report

Julia Corbett, News Editor (25-Feb-13)

The National Day Nurseries Association is consulting its members to find out sector views on the More Great Childcare report. The early years charity has launched an online survey which will find out the views from professionals.....

Booktrust launch campaign to boost dads reading to children

Julia Corbett, News Editor (25-Feb-13)

A major new campaign ‘Get Dads Reading’ has been launched, after a poll carried out for Booktrust revealed only one in eight fathers take the lead on reading to their children. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance.....

Treetops nursery chain expands with acquisition of Toybox nurseries

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Feb-13)

Treetops nursery chain has acquired three Toybox nurseries taking its total number of nurseries up to 34. The three nurseries are in Bedfordshire at Biggleswade, Stotfold and Sandy. Toybox owners will keep.....

New nursery ratios will put children at risk says Morton Michel survey

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Feb-13)

New nursery ratios proposed by the Government in its report ‘More Great Childcare’ will put children at risk, according to a new survey by childcare insurance specialists Morton Michel Childcare Insurance. The change to the.....

Kiddi Caru nursery chain presents awards to its top nurseries

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Feb-13)

Kiddi Caru nurseries in Harlow, Torquay and Colchester have won awards from the chain’s management team. The awards were presented at Kiddi Caru’s recent management conference and were for Nursery of the.....

Nurseries to celebrate healthy living with yoga and hand washing songs

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Feb-13)

Hundreds of nurseries across the UK are set to take part in the annual healthy body, happy me, National Day Nurseries Association’s healthy lifestyles week, in March. The week, which takes place between 11.....

Kids Allowed nursery chain to open new £2.6m nursery

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Feb-13)

Nursery chain Kids Allowed is to open a new £2.6m nursery next year. The new nursery, which is subject to planning permission, will be on Manchester Road A56, in Altrincham, and will open in September 2014. The.....

Doctors call for guidance for new parents on food nutrition to tackle obesity in children

Sue Learner, News Editor (19-Feb-13)

Doctors are calling for new parents to be given guidance on the benefits of healthy food and breastfeeding, in a bid to halt the rising levels of obesity in British children. They also called for a 20 per.....

Loving relationships between nursery staff and babies helps babies' brains to grow

Sue Learner, News Editor (19-Feb-13)

Loving and responsive relationships between nursery staff and babies enables babies’ brains to grow and has a huge impact on children’s emotional wellbeing, according to a new book. ‘Patterns of Care’ published.....

Calderdale nursery managers explain why their service is moving in the opposite direction to Government policy

Richard Howard, News Editor (15-Feb-13)

Last week, the Coalition announced plans to increase staff-to-child ratios in day nurseries, but The Ark Nursery Mytholmroyd, in Mytholmroyd, will be decreasing theirs instead. The Government favours moving UK childcare ratios in line with.....

Childcare voucher provider campaigns to give working parents help with rising costs

Julia Corbett, News Editor (14-Feb-13)

The ‘Mind the Gap-Raise the Cap’ campaign aims to raise the maximum weekly amount a working parent can exchange from their salary for childcare vouchers from £55 to £75. The campaign was launched last year by childcare voucher.....

Experts call for politicians to make a food manifesto for the under-fives

Julia Corbett, News Editor (13-Feb-13)

Paul Lindley, the founder and chief executive of baby food company Ella’s Kitchen, has created the report, titled: ‘Averting a Recipe for Disaster: our Children and their Food.’ In it he lays out his ambitious hopes for a 25 year.....

Former Nick Clegg advisor calls upon men to complete the family revolution

Richard Howard, News Editor (12-Feb-13)

Liberal writer and policy maker Richard Reeves is delivering a lecture today hosted by charity , in which he calls upon men to play a greater role in their child’s upbringing. The former advisor to the Deputy Prime.....

Nursery Awards 2013 launched to celebrate quality early years learning and care

Richard Howard, News Editor (12-Feb-13)

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) have launched the Nursery Awards 2013, the only awards in the sector voted for by parents. Focused upon highlighting quality care and learning practice, the awards consist of five national.....

Early Intervention Foundation created to support children fulfil potential

Julia Corbett, News Editor (05-Feb-13)

An independent Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) has been formed after a contract between the Department for Education and the Early Intervention Foundation Consortium was signed today. The creation of this.....