Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Grandparents often a vital source of childcare during school holidays

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (26-Jul-16)

Grandparents often step-in and hold the fort with childcare, particularly during the long school holidays, according to new research. The study commissioned by Europcar revealed the average grandparent spends.....

Toddler allegedly assaulted by staff at nursery shut down by Ofsted

Sue Learner, Editor (26-Jul-16)

Greater Manchester Police is investigating an alleged assault on a toddler at Rainbows End Nursery, which has been temporarily shut down by Ofsted. The early years regulator has temporarily suspended the.....

Post-reshuffle school delay sparks fear early years funding will be pushed back too

Angeline Albert, News Editor (22-Jul-16)

The childcare sector is urging Education Secretary Justine Greening not to put off plans for a new early years funding formula, after she delayed the rollout of a funding formula for schools until 2018-19. The.....

Two hour ordeal: Child trapped in nursery's minibus during heatwave

Angeline Albert, News Editor (21-Jul-16)

A child was taken to hospital after being left alone in a minibus for more than two hours during a heatwave. On 19 July, the toddler was found inside the minibus outside Meithrinfa Camau Bach nursery in.....

Britain faces summer holiday childcare shortage

Angeline Albert, News Editor (21-Jul-16)

Despite the summer holidays fast approaching, most councils in England, Scotland and Wales have said they cannot give parents the childcare cover they need. A survey by the Family and Childcare Trust (FACT),.....

New Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman appointed

Angeline Albert, News Editor (20-Jul-16)

The Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced Amanda Spielman is the new chief inspector of Ofsted, the nurseries and schools watchdog. The Privy Council, which includes current and former ministers.....

Home-cooked infant meals have more fat and salt than ready meals

Angeline Albert, News Editor (20-Jul-16)

Young children given home cooked meals are eating more fat and salt than those who get shop-bought ready-made meals say academics. The majority of home-cooked meals for babies and children up to the age.....

Most children in poverty come from working households

Angeline Albert, News Editor (19-Jul-16)

Two thirds of children living in poverty are from working households, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The child poverty rate in working households has been rising since 2003-04, while.....

Warnings issued for children and those with health conditions as heatwave hits England

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (18-Jul-16)

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a warning to vulnerable adults, children and those with health conditions, over the forecast ‘heatwave’ effecting parts of England. Parents and carers of infants, young.....

Childcare minister Sam Gyimah departs for new justice role

Angeline Albert, News Editor (18-Jul-16)

Childcare and Education Minister Sam Gyimah has moved from his role to Department of Justice. Sam Gyimah told his Twitter followers on Saturday 16 July, he was 'Delighted to be appointed as a minister in.....

Early bedtimes for pre-school children could help cut obesity

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (18-Jul-16)

Pre-school age children who are in bed by 8pm are less likely to become obese teenagers than children who go to bed later in the evening, research has found. In a study conducted by the Ohio State University.....

Nursery group raises £15,000 for children's bereavement charity

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (14-Jul-16)

Nursery group Busy Bees, has raised over £15,000 for childhood bereavement charity, Winston’s Wish, as part of a year-long fundraising partnership. Since the group began supporting the charity in March, children.....

Shaun the Sheep creators produce new app to help children learn English

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (08-Jul-16)

Learning Time with Timmy 3 is the latest app designed to keep children entertained and help them to learn English. The app was produced by animators Aardman and the British Council and offers parents a solution to help entertain.....

Government scraps 'ineffective' childcare courses

Angeline Albert, News Editor (08-Jul-16)

Hundreds of childcare courses that ‘short-change’ England’s students and bosses are to be scrapped, the Skills Minister has announced. Currently, 16-year-olds considering a technical education can choose.....

Almost half of parents give their children too many sugary drinks, research reveals

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (07-Jul-16)

New research reveals under-fives are at risk of tooth decay as they consume food and drink with high levels of sugar at least once a day, according to a survey published by charity Action for Children. Almost.....

'Magical' eco-friendly day nursery opened in Cranfield

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (07-Jul-16)

Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries and nursery group, Childbase Partnership, recently opened an innovative, purpose-built nursery on the site of Cranfield University in Milton Keynes. The new Cherry Trees Day Nursery (Cranfield) in Duncan Road boasts state.....

Parents pressurised to request 'unnecessary' prescriptions to treat children's acute infections

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (06-Jul-16)

Nine in ten nurseries are unnecessarily requesting children take antibiotics to treat minor eye infections and are prevented from returning to the setting unless they have a prescription, according to new research. In.....

Charity supports early years development app to combat paperwork woes

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (06-Jul-16)

The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) has announced its partnership with Kinderly, a specialist early years development app designed to eliminate the paperwork anxieties many childcare practitioners face. Created.....

New mums set to trial Finnish-style baby boxes to reduce infant mortality

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (05-Jul-16)

Women who give birth at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital are set to become the first in the UK to receive Finnish-style ‘baby boxes’ for their newborn babies to sleep in as part of a new charity pilot scheme. The.....

Parents feeding obesity crisis by giving toddlers adult-sized portions

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (05-Jul-16)

Parents are unwittingly overfeeding their young children, putting them at risk of being obese, new research published by the Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF) has revealed. Evidence-based portion guidance for.....