Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Government backs innovative projects for vulnerable children and families

Charley Walker, News Editor (30-Jan-17)

The Department for Education has awarded a grant of £7m to three projects with ambitious plans to transform children’s services. The funding, awarded as part of the children’s social care innovation programme,.....

'Alarming poverty gap' in UK puts children's health in 'jeopardy', study finds

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (27-Jan-17)

Around one in five children in the UK are thought to be living in poverty, with those from the most deprived backgrounds experiencing worse health compared with the most affluent, new research suggests. The.....

'Left in the dark': Councils fail to give families with disabled children basic guidance on childcare

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (26-Jan-17)

Families with disabled children are frequently 'left in the dark' when it comes to childcare due to a lack of information from local authorities, new research suggests. A report from the Family and Childcare.....

TV actor Kathy Burke stars in new CBeebies series

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (25-Jan-17)

Kathy Burke, Sarah Lancashire and Andrew Scott are the voices behind the monster characters in a new 2D animated preschool series, which airs on CBeebies next month. School Of Roars, which follows five little.....

Fathers admit to struggling with work-life balance

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Jan-17)

The UK is running the risk of creating a 'fatherhood penalty' as fathers consider side-lining their careers to find roles that better combine with family life, according to a new study. Published by work-life.....

Nicola Sturgeon offers £1.5m to recruit more nursery staff in deprived areas

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Jan-17)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced funding of nearly £1.5m to boost nursery staff numbers in less affluent parts of Scotland. The funding is the first step towards realising the commitment to ensure.....

Three-year-old greets shocked dad after walking home alone from nursery

Angeline Albert, News Editor (19-Jan-17)

Tiny tot Tanjida Amreen turned up alone at the doorstep of her home, having walked out of her nursery undetected. The three-year-old girl managed to cross several main roads to greet her shocked father at.....

France's biggest private nursery chain buys 16 British nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (17-Jan-17)

Les Petite Chaperons Rouge (LPCR) which owns more than 300 nurseries in France and Germany, is now entering the UK nursery market by buying the Magic Nurseries chain. Tom Reed founded Magic Nurseries in 2002.....

Inspectors rate 35% of Asquith nurseries Outstanding

Angeline Albert, News Editor (16-Jan-17)

More than a third (35 per cent) of settings in the Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre Schools group have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted- a whopping 33 out of 94 sites. This includes 10 nurseries in the group.....

Parents ditch lullabies for Ed Sheeran and Adele songs to get their children to sleep

Sue Learner, Editor (13-Jan-17)

Parents are shunning lullabies to get their children to sleep and instead are opting for pop songs by the likes of Ed Sheeran and Adele. Singing to young children is still seen as very important, however.....

Childcare minister's Lambeth Walk boosts REAL literacy campaign

Angeline Albert, News Editor (12-Jan-17)

“Every child, no matter what their background or circumstance, should experience the joy of reading widely and well”, childcare minister Caroline Dinenage said during a visit to Lambeth. Her comment was.....

Government pledges almost £60m to support special educational needs and disabilities reforms

Charley Walker, News Editor (11-Jan-17)

The Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families has confirmed funding of nearly £60m to support children and families with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The funding will be used to.....

Children's author Ian Whybrow backs nursery reading campaign

Sue Learner, Editor (11-Jan-17)

Ian Whybrow, author of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, is backing a campaign by nursery chain Busy Bees to encourage more parents to read to their children. To launch the campaign ‘Bringing Stories.....

Government announces £50m project to create thousands of free childcare places for 'hard-working' families

Charley Walker, News Editor (10-Jan-17)

The Education Secretary has announced the successful local authority bidders for a £50m grant scheme, which will fund thousands of new childcare places and save parents around £5,000 per year. Set to be rolled.....

Nurseries urged to take part in survey to show true picture of childcare sector

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Jan-17)

Nurseries are being asked to take part in National Day Nurseries Association’s annual survey, which will be used as a body of evidence to submit to the Government as part of its campaign to get a fair deal for funding of free childcare.....

Welsh Children's Commissioner reiterates calls for ban on smacking

Charley Walker, News Editor (09-Jan-17)

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales has said that smacking has no place in ‘modern civilised society’, following plans to devolve powers over parental discipline to the Welsh Government. An amendment to.....

Ofsted finds 'teaching is exceptional' in Southampton nursery

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Jan-17)

Ofsted has rated Asquith’s Southampton Day Nursery ‘Outstanding’ in its latest inspection and praised the nursery for having ‘inspirational staff’. Inspectors found ‘children are effectively challenged in.....

'Children are not prepared for the digital world', says children's commissioner

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (06-Jan-17)

Children are left to learn about the internet on their own with “parents vainly hoping” that they will benefit from its opportunities while avoiding its dangers, new research reveals. According to Anne Longfield,.....

Change4Life campaign urges parents to 'Be Food Smart' as children consume 'far too much sugar'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (03-Jan-17)

Public Health England’s (PHE) Change4Life campaign urges parents to ‘Be Food Smart’ and take more control of their children’s diets. It comes after research found that children are consuming more than 11g of sugar at breakfast time,.....