Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Mission for Health campaign sending nurseries free resources

Richard Howard, News Editor (31-Jul-12)

A new publication offering guidance on the prevention of infections in nurseries, the ‘Nursery Manager’s Guide to Infection Control’, is one of the latest free resources available from the ‘Mission for Health’ campaign to help childcare.....

Childcare commission wants ideas on how to improve accessibility and affordability of childcare

Sue Learner, News Editor (26-Jul-12)

Parents, early years professionals and others with an interest in childcare are being urged to come forward with their ideas to help improve the accessibility and affordability of childcare. The childcare commission – which was.....

£5,000 funding for nursery staff who run Vitamin D projects

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Jul-12)

Nursery staff who run projects that support vitamin supplements and the promotion of vitamin D intake in children under five, could be eligible for £5,000 grants. The Feeding for Life Foundation (FfLF) has launched a Promoting.....

Children should be helped to read and write before starting school, say parents

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Jul-12)

Nearly 90 per cent of parents think it is important to help their child to learn to read and write before they start school, according to a new survey. The survey of 1,000 parents, on behalf of Alphablocks magazine via Immediate.....

Scottish union to continue fight against non-teachers becoming nursery school heads

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Jul-12)

A Scottish teaching union has vowed to continue to fight against employing non-teachers as heads of nursery schools, after it lost a legal challenge against Scotland’s largest council. The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS).....

Infant & Toddler Forum holds study day on healthy eating habits

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Jul-12)

The is holding a study day to support families of young children to develop healthy eating habits. The study day will be held on Thursday 25 October at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre in London. The.....

4Children census shows resilience in children's centres, but concerns for future

Rachel Baker, News Editor (19-Jul-12)

Resilience and creativity has been found among children’s centres despite cuts within local authority budgets, and the removal of the dedicated Sure Start grant, exclusive research by the national family charity, 4Children has found......

Day nursery chain has menus approved by the Vegetarian Society

Rachel Baker, News Editor (19-Jul-12)

For the first time in the UK, a day nursery chain has had its menus approved by the Vegetarian Society. Kids Allowed, the award winning nursery has onsite chefs at each of its sites who prepare fresh, locally sourced produce.....

Hold a party to swap maternity clothes whilst raising money for baby charity, Tommy's

Rachel Baker, News Editor (19-Jul-12)

Fun and innovative parties to dress your baby bump and fill your baby’s new wardrobe are happening around the UK. Being backed by celebrity new mum Jenni Falconer and celebrity stylist Alex Longmore, the parties are also raising money.....

As texting increases, "it is essential that children develop good social interaction skills", says communication coalition

Rachel Baker, News Editor (19-Jul-12)

The importance of good spoken communication skills and interaction with children has been highlighted by a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary organisations with expertise in supporting children and young people’s speech, language and.....

Free, fun and educational pack for day nurseries, promoting healthy eating

Rachel Baker, News Editor (18-Jul-12)

Ella’s Kitchen and the University of Reading looked into the factors influencing healthy eating habits in toddlers. Their research found that children who use all of their senses to play with vegetables outside of mealtimes are more.....

National Day Nurseries Association launch factsheet on delivery of free early education

Rachel Baker, News Editor (18-Jul-12)

A new factsheet has been launched to help nurseries understand the new statutory guidance for local authorities regarding delivery of free early education for three and four year olds. The National Day Nurseries Association(NDNA) factsheet also includes.....

One in three mums fall out over raising children

Rachel Baker, News Editor (17-Jul-12)

One in three mums fall out with someone over how to raise their children, with the biggest rows being over potty training, a study has revealed. 2,000 mums were surveyed for the study which found they had argued with close relatives,.....

The more television a toddler watches, the more likely they are to be larger at ten

Rachel Baker, News Editor (17-Jul-12)

The more time a toddler spends watching television, the larger their waist size will be by the age of 10, new research has found. Published this week in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, the.....

Over half of families will cut back on day trips this summer holiday, charity finds

Rachel Baker, News Editor (16-Jul-12)

A week’s family holiday is a luxury that will be given up this year for families in the squeezed middle and the very poorest households according to Government statistics. And 54 per cent of parents polled nationally will have to.....

"We are currently failing our children on a grand scale", framework launched to improve development of under fives

Rachel Baker, News Editor (16-Jul-12)

A new framework has been launched to assist in improving the country’s “unequal and low level of development for children under five”. The Children’s Outcomes Framework has been developed by the Institute of Health Equity and was.....

Review: Wagamama is definitely great for families!

Sue Learner, News Editor (14-Jul-12)

We trudged up the hill in the pouring rain to the Japanese-inspired noodle restaurant, Wagamama. Situated on George St in Bath, this is an ideal place for families with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We were greeted and shown.....

Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries invest in fresh activities and learning

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

Operating a number of respected childcare facilities in the South of England and the Midlands, provider Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries have announced the launch of a new range of activities for children to enjoy as carers look to make the.....

Playforce launch Combating Childhood Obesity campaign

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

Fresh from the success of Childhood Obesity Week (July 2nd – 6th), children’s play environment designers Playforce have announced a campaign to help schools and early years settings achieve better healthy eating and outdoor play. Alongside.....

Mother of children with albinism wants to see an end to "evil albino" stereotype

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Jul-12)

A mother of children with albinism wants to see an end to the "evil albino" stereotype. Joanne Bennett, who has two young daughters with albinism, wants to raise more awareness of the condition. People with albinism have little.....