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Ministers discuss Scotland’s childcare plans at Busy Bees nursery

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Feb-14)

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Mike Russell and Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell, visited Busy Bees Edinburgh Park nursery to talk about some of Scotland’s childcare plans that are under.....

Montessori conference to 'ignite passion' with Maria Montessori's 1946 lectures

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Feb-14)

The Montessori Schools Association National Conference 2014, takes place this weekend and is hoping to inspire its delegates with Maria Montessori's 1946 London lectures. The Montessori Schools Association.....

Greater awareness needed of impact of poor nutrition on children’s health

Sue Learner, News Editor (26-Feb-14)

The Infant & Toddler Forum is calling for greater awareness of the impact poor nutrition has on a child's health, now and in the future. The Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF) is celebrating its 10th anniversary.....

Childcare charity says encouraging schools to take two-year-olds is not the solution

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Feb-14)

The Government should be increasing its funding for nursery places for disadvantaged two-year-olds rather than encouraging schools to take two-year-olds, according to a leading childcare charity. Free childcare.....

Nursery chain to challenge stereotypes by making tenth of its workforce male

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Feb-14)

The Co-operative Childcare has launched a campaign to boost the number of male nursery workers in the UK. It is planning to lead the way in eradicating gender stereotypes about childcare practitioners by.....

Busy Bees nurseries founder awarded with honorary doctorate

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Feb-14)

Thirty years after opening his first nursery, John Woodward, founding member of Busy Bees Childcare, has been awarded with an honorary doctorate at Birmingham City University. He said "I am delighted and.....

Workforce review into early learning and childcare announced across Scotland

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Feb-14)

A review of Scotland’s early years workforce will be led by Professor Iram Siraj to measure the sector’s capability to deliver the Scottish Government’s planned transformation of childcare provision. The announcement.....

Kidsunlimited to open purpose-built nursery in Cambridgeshire

Nina Hathway, News Editor (19-Feb-14)

The brand new nursery is located in the village of Fulbourn, outside Cambridge, and will replace kidsunlimited’s existing nursery on the nearby Ida Darwin Hospital site. Set to open on 17 March 2014,.....

Early years associations welcome changes to Ofsted’s complaint-driven inspection process

Nina Hathway, News Editor (18-Feb-14)

Both the Pre-school Learning Alliance and the National Day Nurseries Association have welcomed the news that complaints against early years providers will no longer automatically trigger full inspections. Since September.....

Thousands of England's poorest two year olds missing out on Government's free childcare offer

Nina Hathway, News Editor (18-Feb-14)

New research from the Family and Childcare Trust shows a flagship Government policy is failing in some areas, leaving more than 30,000 - nearly one quarter (26 per cent) - of England’s poorest two-year-olds without free nursery education. The.....

Negative attitudes are restricting disabled young children from community activities

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Feb-14)

A lack of clubs and social activities available for young people with disabilities is preventing some from having crucial social interactions with their peers, an online survey has revealed. A Mumsnet survey, conducted by disability.....

York College fined £175,000 over nursery death of Lydia Bishop

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Feb-14)

York College has been ordered to pay £175,000 and a further £45,000 in court costs over the death of http://www.daynurseries.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1562213/other-children-had-accidents-nursery-lydia-bishop | Lydia Bishop.....

Vocational excellence of staff to be acknowledged by VQ Day awards

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

Companies are being encouraged to put themselves forward for the Vocational Qualifications (VQ) Employer of the Year award to celebrate the range of opportunities available in the UK for VQ achievers. The seventh annual VQ Day.....

Education minister wants school nurseries to open for 10 hour days

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

Speaking to the Resolution Foundation today, education minister Elizabeth Truss said school nurseries will be able to help both children and parents by offering flexible wrap around care. Ms Truss wants.....

Youngsters doing their bit for Sport Relief

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-Feb-14)

Nurseries are being encouraged to join in the fun and raise some money for Sport Relief, which is taking place from 21 to 23 March 2014. The charity has created a free Nursery Activity Pack containing.....

Safer Internet Day helps parents discuss online dangers with children

Julia Corbett, News Editor (11-Feb-14)

Safer Internet Day is being marked today to raise awareness about the potential dangers the internet poses for children. Parents are being encouraged to have more open and confident conversations with children about their online.....

MPs vote in favour to ban smoking in cars carrying children

Julia Corbett, News Editor (11-Feb-14)

Members of Parliament have voted in support of legislation to enable a ban on smoking in cars carrying children by a majority of 269 votes. The amendment to the Children and Families Bill was passed in the.....

York College found guilty of health and safety offence over nursery death of Lydia Bishop

Julia Corbett, News Editor (10-Feb-14)

York College has been found guilty of a health and safety offence at the court case over the death of three-year-old Lydia Bishop in 2012. The offence was in connection with the College’s nursery, where Lydia.....

Childcare experts available to answer questions from parents and childcare professionals at #askPACEY Twitter event

Ellie Neville, News Editor (06-Feb-14)

An opportunity for discussion with the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years on twitter will take place on Thursday 13 February under the hashtag #askPACEY. http://www.daynurseries.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1561767/pacey-provide-insight-childacre-issues-twitter-debate|Following.....

Basingstoke Busy Bees nursery reopens after child assault claims

Nina Hathway, News Editor (05-Feb-14)

A children's nursery has reopened following the arrest of a former employee on suspicion of physically assaulting two children. Busy Bees at Hatch Warren, Basingstoke, took the decision to close the nursery.....