Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Childcare providers have 'serious concerns' over Tax-Free Childcare scheme being run by Government body

Sue Learner, News Editor (26-Jun-14)

The Government plans to introduce its own Tax-Free Childcare scheme in Autumn 2015, but many childcare providers have raised ‘serious concerns’ over the scheme being run through a single, public sector organisation. A.....

Leading childcare charity urges MPs to make childcare number one priority

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Jun-14)

National Day Nurseries Association is challenging politicians to tackle the problems faced by many parents and nurseries over lack of choice and low funding leading to high childcare costs. Purnima Tanuku,.....

Bright Horizons nurseries win top award for health and safety standards

Sue Learner, News Editor (23-Jun-14)

Bright Horizons Family Solutions, which runs over 200 nurseries, has received a Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents for the third consecutive year. The RoSPA (Royal Society.....

Special car seat for babies with hip dysplasia loaned to families

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Jun-14)

Parents and carers of babies suffering from developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) can now access a six month loan of a car seat specially designed for babies with the medical condition. DDH affects one in 1,000 babies and.....

Legionnaires’ disease in baby connected to pre-filled home birthing pool

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Jun-14)

A temporary warning issued by Public Health England (PHE) is advising the suspension of the use of heated home birthing pools which are filled with water up to two weeks ahead of birth. The warning comes after a case of Legionnaire’s.....

Sixty thousand children to benefit from Big Lottery Fund grant

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Jun-14)

A £215m grant has been awarded to five areas across England to run programmes supporting the wellbeing of families with children under the age of three. The Big Lottery Fund’s A Better Start initiative has.....

Research suggests language instinct in young children

Nina Hathway, News Editor (11-Jun-14)

Young children instinctively use a ‘language-like’ structure to communicate through gestures, according to psychologists. Research led by the University of Warwick suggests when young children are asked to use gestures to communicate,.....

Golden anniversary celebrations at Legoland

Nina Hathway, News Editor (11-Jun-14)

UK's leading childcare insurance specialist, Morton Michel, hosted its 50th anniversary day at Legoland last week to thank the childcare sector for their continued support throughout the years. Making use.....

Early years experts call for required GCSEs to be taken at the end of apprenticeships

Nina Hathway, News Editor (10-Jun-14)

Government plans to make GCSEs an entry requirement for early years apprenticeships will reduce the proportion of Level 3 qualified staff working with young children, experts have warned. Submitting.....

Alliance announces winners of its volunteer awards

Nina Hathway, News Editor (10-Jun-14)

The hard work, dedication and commitment of four outstanding volunteers and two outstanding volunteer teams was celebrated at the recent Pre-school Learning Alliance Volunteer Awards 2014. The winners were announced by television.....

Child flu vaccine pilot shows promising results

Nina Hathway, News Editor (09-Jun-14)

Early results from a child flu vaccine pilot programme suggest a positive impact on levels of flu in England among children and families. Initial results of the programme launched last year by Public Health England (PHE) are encouraging,.....

Early years professionals dismayed by childcare reforms and believe Government does not listen

Richard Howard, News Editor (06-Jun-14)

A survey conducted by the Pre-school Learning Alliance shows that most childcare professionals do not support Government reforms, which the Alliance itself calls ‘destructive’. Key areas of discontent include the decision to allow.....

Long-term vision lacking for our 'broken' childcare system

Richard Howard, News Editor (04-Jun-14)

A family charity has criticised all political parties ahead of today’s Queen’s Speech for having no long-term childcare vision. Although the Coalition is expected to announce a new tax free childcare system, with all three major.....

UK's largest day nursery provider continues to grow its portfolio

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Jun-14)

A further 12 day nurseries have been added to the Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd group, after the acquisition of in Surrey. The move adds a further 848 registered places to the Busy Bees total, now estimated.....

Establishing a Children's Council leads to award for Newcastle nursery

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Jun-14)

Involving early years children in decision-making processes has earned The Co-operative Childcare Newcastle Nursery an accreditation from the Investing in Children scheme. By introducing a ‘Children’s Council’ the nursery has given children the chance to choose.....