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Headteacher of nursery attended by children of Noel Gallagher and Kate Winslet awarded an OBE

Sue Learner, News Editor (26-Jun-13)

A nursery headteacher, who takes the children on regular trips to art galleries and museums and set up one of the first nurseries to teach French, martial arts and the violin, has been awarded an OBE. St.....

Scotland prioritizes play as it launches its first national Play Strategy

Sue Learner, News Editor (26-Jun-13)

Scotland has launched its first national Play Strategy - showing it recognises the important role play has in children’s wellbeing and development. Scotland claims its play strategy is the most progressive.....

Childcare Expo 2013 to discuss how childcare isn’t just a job

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Jun-13)

This year’s Childcare Expo 2013 will explore a whole range of issues including outdoor play, the future of funding and how childcare isn’t just a job. As well as being packed with interesting seminars, the.....

Melville Street Nursery in Scotland wins nursery of the year award

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Jun-13)

Melville Street Nursery in Edinburgh has won the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) nursery of the year award. The nursery won the award for its ethos of consulting with children and parents and focussing.....

Co-operative Childcare continues expansion with acquisition of Body Shop Nursery

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

The Co-operative Childcare Group has acquired another nursery taking its total number of nurseries up to 50. Its new acquisition is the Body Shop Nursery in Littlehampton, West Sussex, a purpose-built nursery.....

Fearless Kiddi Caru practitioner completes charity skydive

Laura McCardle, News Editor (20-Jun-13)

A fearless nursery practitioner from the Exeter branch of Kiddi Caru has raised more than £800 for charity by doing a skydive. Samantha Edworthy took on the challenge in order to support Sophie, a little.....

The Government and CQC take action as report on Morecambe Bay maternity failings revealed

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Jun-13)

Both the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Government have released statements promising to make improvements to overhaul their services after a report released by the CQC detailed their oversights of.....

‘Chronic underfunding’ of free nursery places pushing up the cost of childcare

Laura McCardle, News Editor (20-Jun-13)

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has revealed that the growing gap in Government funding for free nursery places is pushing up the cost of childcare for working families. At its Essential.....

NDNA launches plan for the road to early years excellence

Laura McCardle, News Editor (20-Jun-13)

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) will launch its three year strategic plan for its journey to early years excellence at its national conference in Peterborough today. The plan outlines how.....

Leading children’s charity figures awarded in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Laura McCardle, News Editor (19-Jun-13)

A number of key children’s charity figures were awarded OBEs and MBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours at the weekend. June O’Sullivan, chief executive of the London Early Years Foundation since 2005, was.....

CBeebies star Justin Fletcher to headline LolliBop Festival

Laura McCardle, News Editor (19-Jun-13)

Children’s favourite Justin Fletcher will put on an all singing, all dancing extravaganza at this year’s Lollibop Festival. The CBeebies star will perform at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in London, on 17.....

Scottish MSPs call for a transformation of childcare infrastructure

Laura McCardle, News Editor (19-Jun-13)

Scottish MSPs are calling for a guarantee of childcare for children up to the age of 15. Yesterday the Equal Opportunities Committee, which considers matters of discrimination relative to sex, race of.....

Breakfast treat for beloved dads at Busy Bees

Laura McCardle, News Editor (18-Jun-13)

Youngsters at a Newcastle nursery showed their love and appreciation for their dads by inviting them to a Father’s Day breakfast. The event was hosted at Just Learning nursery, part of the Busy Bees group,.....

New recipe cards help parents tuck into Kiddi Caru favourites

Laura McCardle, News Editor (17-Jun-13)

Parents are now able to enjoy their children’s favourite nursery dinners thanks to a new initiative by Kiddi Caru. The group, which has a number of nurseries across the UK, has launched the first in a series.....

Busy Bees nursery promotes healthy eating

Laura McCardle, News Editor (17-Jun-13)

A Busy Bees nursery in Newcastle recently celebrated healthy eating with a special event. Staff at Just Learning, based on Cobalt Business Park, handed out a selection of tropical and summer fruits to children.....

'Being a teacher also means continued learning', says Montessori director

Richard Howard, News Editor (17-Jun-13)

Montessori learning practice continues to grow in the UK school and early years sectors, with the 150th school now confirmed as having completed its accreditation. The achievement was recognised on Friday at the Montessori St Nicholas.....

Event to help parents find the right Independent School

Richard Howard, News Editor (14-Jun-13)

Parents who favour independent education for their children can learn more about the options open to them by attending The Independent Schools Show in November. Held at Battersea Evolution,.....

Children with care needs having to rely on 'disappointing' council services

Richard Howard, News Editor (13-Jun-13)

Local authorities have been told by education regulator Ofsted that their independent reviewing officers (IROs) are not making enough of an impact on the lives of looked-after children. By law a local authority.....

Further investment to get more children in England enjoying outdoor play, nature and learning

Richard Howard, News Editor (11-Jun-13)

A partnership of voluntary play organisations are delighted to be able to build upon their 2012 progress on local play projects, thanks to the confirmation of a £900,000 investment from the Cabinet Office’s Social Action Fund. Projects.....

2013 Nursery Awards accepting entries

Richard Howard (11-Jun-13)

November will see the annual NMT Nursery Awards take place at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel, with organisers looking to remind sector professionals to make sure their entry forms are in place by September 13. Now established.....