Day Nursery & Nursery School News

More men needed to work in childcare industry, says nursery chain

Rachel Baker, News Editor (29-Jun-12)

Encouraging more men to consider working in childcare, is a new initiative launched by Asquith Day Nurseries’ chief executive officer, Andy Morris. Championing this recruitment drive is male nursery nurse, Andy Nunns who works.....

Whiteley day nursery opens state-of-the-art sensory room

Rachel Baker, News Editor (29-Jun-12)

Kiddi Caru Day Nursery in Whiteley has opened a state-of-the-art sensory room so its children can explore new technology and learn to investigate the bubble tubes and fibre optics. The Kiddi Caru Day Nursery Whiteley purpose built sensory room.....

New campaign launched to make childcare costs more affordable

Rachel Baker, News Editor (29-Jun-12)

A new campaign has been launched aiming to persuade the government to increase the weekly childcare voucher cap allowance from £55 to £75, which would make childcare costs more affordable. The Busy Bees Benefits “Mind the Gap.....

One in four working families rely on grandparents for childcare, grandparents charity finds

Rachel Baker, News Editor (28-Jun-12)

As one in four working families rely on grandparents for childcare, a new study shows that English grandparents are younger, working and have more grandchildren than other countries in Europe. The major study from Grandparents.....

OBE awarded to Pre-school Learning Alliance founder, Belle Tutaev

Rachel Baker, News Editor (28-Jun-12)

Founder of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, Belle Tutaev has been awarded the OBE for services to children and families in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Belle started the playgroup movement in 1961 by writing a letter to The.....

Government "committed to continuing to provide free milk for all under-fives"

Rachel Baker, News Editor (27-Jun-12)

Ensuring nursery children receive free their free milk is being addressed by Public Health Minister Anne Milton. She has launched a consultation on how the scheme operates in order to find a fair and cost effective way to continue.....

Busy Bees day nurseries raise over £22,000 for Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust

Rachel Baker, News Editor (27-Jun-12)

Busy Bees nursery children have lived up to their name by celebrating getting past the half way mark in their fundraising target for the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy trust. The children from 146 Busy Bees nurseries across the country.....

Over half of mums feel uncomfortable breastfeeding in public

Rachel Baker, News Editor (27-Jun-12)

A new survey has shown that 90 per cent of mums have breastfed in public, but that 63 per cent felt uncomfortable doing so. The survey was conducted by breastfeeding specialists Medela through their Facebook and Twitter pages.....

Childcare costs causing parents to turn down work and borrow money, survey reveals

Rachel Baker, News Editor (26-Jun-12)

Some parents are turning down the chance of work and borrowing money due to the high costs of childcare, a survey published by Daycare Trust and Mumsnet has revealed today. The in-depth survey highlights the struggles faced.....

National Day Nurseries Association award winners announced

Rachel Baker, News Editor (26-Jun-12)

The 2012 Nursery Award winners have been announced at the National Day Nurseries Association celebratory dinner and ceremony. Madresfield Early Years Centre, based in Malvern in Worcestershire won the prestigious title of 2012.....

New report highlights impact of recession on children

Rachel Baker, News Editor (26-Jun-12)

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Children has launched its report, ‘Children and the Recession’ at its annual general meeting. Minister of State at the Department for Education, Sarah Teather, spoke at the event addressing.....

New e-learning courses available for the early years workforce

Richard Howard, News Editor (22-Jun-12)

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) have announced the launch of three new courses designed to help nursery practitioners achieve their potential in line with the objectives of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Made.....

Early years nutrition experts announce partnership to promote positive eating habits

Richard Howard, News Editor (21-Jun-12)

The Infant and Toddler Forum (ITF) has teamed up with national charity 4Children, as the nutrition for under threes experts look to advise parents and childcare professionals on sound feeding advice for toddlers. By combining.....

Nutbrown Review recommendations present an opportunity to prioritise language development in the early years

Richard Howard, News Editor (21-Jun-12)

The Communication Trust, a voluntary coalition dedicated to promoting speech, language and communication issues, has welcomed the emphasis on language development in this week’s Nutbrown Review final report and put forward the current.....

Leading sector figures warn new Childcare Commission against reducing regulation

Richard Howard, News Editor (20-Jun-12)

The Pre-school Learning Alliance is among those to welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement that a purposely-assigned Childcare Commission is being formed to look into how UK childcare costs, among the highest in Europe, can be reduced. Chief.....

Childcare Commission to be launched by Coalition

Richard Howard, News Editor (19-Jun-12)

Prime Minister David Cameron has today confirmed the setting up of a commission on childcare, to be led by education minister Sarah Teather and work and pensions minister Maria Miller. The aim of the commission will be to find.....

Nutbrown Review concludes with strong early years sector support

Richard Howard, News Editor (19-Jun-12)

Professor Cathy Nutbrown’s final report on the qualifications of the early years workforce has been published, having commenced in October 2011 to research how the professional capability and career pathways of foundation years professionals.....

Advanced daycare facility to be launched in Windsor by Asquith Day Nurseries

Richard Howard, News Editor (19-Jun-12)

Asquith Day Nurseries are scheduled to open a new high-tech and energy efficient facility on Monday July 2, thanks to a £1m investment made with the ambition of setting new industry standards. The new Windsor Day Nursery, constructed.....

ITF Factsheet launched to prevent vitamin D deficiency in toddlers

Richard Howard, News Editor (19-Jun-12)

The Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF) has released its best practice guidance on avoiding vitamin D deficiency in the shape of its factsheet ‘Preventing Vitamin D Deficiency in Toddlers’. Looking to inspire parents and healthcare.....

New Parent's Guide available to advise parents on play-led education at home

Richard Howard, News Editor (19-Jun-12)

National charity 4Children is delighted to see the publication of a new ‘Parent’s Guide’, developed to offer an in-depth insight into the goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. It is hoped that the Guide will.....