Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Two nursery managing directors explain why they will not be implementing the new staff to child ratios

Richard Howard, News Editor (31-Jan-13)

Reforms announced by Education Minister Elizabeth Truss, earlier this week, confirmed the Government’s support for a relaxing of staff to child ratios. The Government feels that the experience of our European neighbours in childcare.....

Families with children to be championed by Fair4Families campaign in lead up to Spending Review

Richard Howard, News Editor (30-Jan-13)

A new campaign from leading children’s charity 4Children is asking Chancellor George Osborne to prioritise families with children in any future Government spending plans. Supporters of the Fair4Families campaign believe that.....

Government childcare reforms criticised for not granting new Early Years Teachers a qualified teacher status

Richard Howard, News Editor (30-Jan-13)

UK charity the National Children's Bureau is urging the Government to reconsider leaving out one of the key recommendations of the Nutbrown Review on reforming early education and childcare. The Review had advised that early years teachers.....

Busy Bees Childcare see good staff development as key to Government's childcare reforms

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Jan-13)

The UK’s largest day nursery provider, Busy Bees Childcare, has called for a positive response to Government attempts to reform the sector, after the Government’s ‘More Great Childcare’ report drew heavy criticism after being launched.....

Coalition to unveil childcare reforms in face of fierce criticism

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Jan-13)

Education minister Elizabeth Truss is expected to reveal Government plans to increase child-to-staff ratios in nursery settings, in a speech to the Policy Exchange think tank today. The plans will include increasing the number.....

Scottish think tank claims free nursery provision unfair to children with Spring birthdays

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Jan-13)

The think tank Reform Scotland is calling on the Scottish Government to change the funding system as some children get as little as 15 months free nursery education depending on when their birthday falls. Its.....

Two hundred Bromley childcare practitioners to attend childhood development training

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Jan-13)

Two hundred early years childcare practitioners in the London Borough of Bromley are to attend a child development training course run by the National Day Nurseries Association. The practitioners will attend the six day course,.....

Poorest children most likely to be obese, says public health minister

Sue Learner, News Editor (23-Jan-13)

Public health minister Anna Soubry has called it “heartbreaking” that the children at greatest risk of obesity are among the poorest in the country. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, she said the.....

More Busy Bees staff graduate from in-house training programme

Sue Learner, News Editor (23-Jan-13)

Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd, the largest nursery chain in the country, has been skilling up more of its staff in a drive to offer the best in quality childcare. Thirty-six nursery staff from Busy Bees nurseries in the.....

Scottish Lib Dems call on Scottish Government to extend free nursery provision

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

The Scottish Liberal Democrats are calling on the Scottish Government to extend free nursery provision to disadvantaged two-year-olds. The Scottish Government is planning to offer free nursery provision to.....

National Day Nurseries Association needs more to join its parents panel

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

National Day Nurseries Association, which works with nurseries to help them give children good quality care and early learning, is looking for more parents to join its parents panel. A spokeswoman for the NDNA said: “We work.....

Think tank calls for nursery staff to be better educated

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

The think tank Policy Exchange is calling for nursery staff to be better educated, after it revealed only one in five hold a qualification that is above A-level standard. Lucy Lee, head of education at the.....

'Slashed' local authority budgets make free training 'absolutely critical' for the childcare sector

Richard Howard, News Editor (18-Jan-13)

Early years memberships organisation the Pre-School Learning Alliance has reported on an ‘unprecedented’ take-up of its free early years training programmes. Launched last May in collaboration with training.....

Day nursery owner speaks up for childcare tax credits and vouchers

Richard Howard, News Editor (18-Jan-13)

Nursery proprietor of Daisy Day Nursery - Cardiff’s, Abeer Bafaqih, suggests the Government might be ‘re-inventing the wheel’ on plans to introduce childcare tax breaks. Uncertainty surrounds the plans to offer every.....

Children making positive steps towards a bilingual Wales

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

Estyn, Wales’s education inspectorate, has reported progress in the development of Welsh speaking and listening skills amongst children in the Foundation Phase of learning. Although concluding that better progress needs to be made.....

NDNA calls for action to protect quality in the early years sector

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

A study of business performance in the day nursery sector has raised concerns that services might not be sustainable if falling occupancy levels and underfunding continues. Undertaken by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA),.....

Facebook and Twitter help nurseries to engage with busy parents

Sue Learner, News Editor (08-Jan-13)

Social media such as Facebook and Twitter helps nurseries to engage with busy parents, according to new research. A study by the National Day Nurseries Association(NDNA) and the University of Oxford found the biggest barrier.....

Legal limits on sugar, fat and salt could reduce child obesity, say Labour

Sue Learner, News Editor (07-Jan-13)

The Labour Party is looking at whether introducing legal limits on sugar, fat and salt could help reduce child obesity. Labour is about to publish a policy review document entitled ‘Children, food and obesity’. The.....

Government accused of “family bashing” as once universal child benefit becomes means tested

Sue Learner, News Editor (07-Jan-13)

The Government has been criticised by a think tank as “family bashing” as the once universal child benefit becomes means tested. From today, the reforms mean a parent who earns over £50,000 a year will see.....

Review: Walking with Dinosaurs at the O2 Arena

Sue Learner, News Editor (04-Jan-13)

Our three-year-old sat on the edge of his seat transfixed as the lights went down in the 02 Arena and the show Walking with Dinosaurs began. “Are the dinosaurs our friends?” he asked me as we heard a faint.....