Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Council hopes to save money by merging Portsmouth’s children’s centres

Laura McCardle, News Editor (28-Mar-13)

Portsmouth City Council plans to reduce the number of children’s centres in the city in an attempt to cut building and administration costs. The council proposes to merge some Sure Start centres together.....

Old Station Nursery plans to cut the cost of childcare fees

Julia Corbett, News Editor (28-Mar-13)

A Henley-on-Thames provider has taken a dramatic step to give struggling mums and dads a chance to save on the price of their childcare by up to £2,730 a year. The Old Station Nursery's Henley on Thames nursery will be cutting their.....

Apprentices celebrated by leading childcare provider during National Apprenticeship Week

Laura McCardle, News Editor (28-Mar-13)

A leading childcare provider celebrated the work of its valued apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week by shadowing them in a back to the ground floor exercise. During the week, which began on 11 March and ran until 15.....

Nutrition experts call upon parents to resist making children eat unnecessary food

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Mar-13)

Parents and child carers do not need to insist that children eat larger food portions because they don’t happen to think the child hasn’t had enough, according to practical advice experts the Infant and Toddler Forum (ITF). Responding.....

Mothers under pressure to take shorter maternity leave

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Mar-13)

National charity 4Children want to see a firm response from the Government to statistics that show more and more mothers are being forced to cut their maternity leave short because of financial pressures. The trend has been highlighted.....

Lack of data on parents with mental health issues proving a barrier to child well-being

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Mar-13)

Care and education regulators the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Ofsted have joined forces to highlight the inadequate research of parents who have mental health complications. In their joint report ‘What about the children?’.....

Childcare sector ‘disappointed’ new childcare tax breaks exclude stay-at-home mums

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Mar-13)

The childcare sector has welcomed the Government’s plans in the 2013 Budget to extend childcare vouchers to more working parents, but is “disappointed” the tax breaks only apply if both parents are working. The.....

Children’s Food Trust launches healthy eating award for nurseries

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Mar-13)

The Children’s Food Trust has launched a new national award for nurseries that promotes healthy eating and good nutrition to children. The charity launched its first ever annual accreditation scheme at its.....

Low pay and low status are the key issues facing childcare workers

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-Mar-13)

Low pay and low status are the key issues facing nursery workers, childminders and nannies, with many saying they could be forced to quit the childcare profession unless things improve, according to the Professional Association for.....

The London Early Years Foundation is giving one family free childcare for a year

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Mar-13)

In order to mark its one hundred and tenth anniversary, the London based childcare social enterprise is giving away a year of free childcare. The The London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) was founded in 1903 by Margaret Horn, initially called ‘Westminster.....

NCMA changes name to PACEY and now represents nursery staff as well as childminders

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-Mar-13)

The NCMA, which used to represent childminders, has become the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY). In re-branding itself and broadening its membership, the association hopes to.....

Survey suggests childcare settings are often providing children healthier lunches than parents

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Mar-13)

A recent survey of the food provided by nurseries, child-minders, day care and other childcare settings has shown that the lunches they provide are more likely to be healthier than ones sent from home. The survey, carried out.....

Children from divorced and separated families the target of new accreditation

Richard Howard, News Editor (15-Mar-13)

Organisations who make valuable differences to the lives of divorced and separated families are to be awarded with a new Mark to acknowledge their contribution. The Help and Support for Separated Families Mark (HSSF) is supported.....

kidsunlimited delighted with response to their latest nursery

Richard Howard, News Editor (15-Mar-13)

Expanding day nursery provider kidsunlimited has reported on a high level of demand for its latest facility in Carshalton, since opening its doors on January 14. Currently registered as operating 65 day nurseries, all of which.....

Government warned against 'sacrificing the quality of childcare' ahead of Budget

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

Childcare costs are still on the rise, as confirmed by the figures of a Daycare Trust annual survey published last week. In a survey sponsored by Computershare Voucher Services, the Trust found that average childcare costs, already.....

Infant and Toddler Foundation call for a 'back to basics' approach to early years nutrition

Julia Corbett, News Editor (13-Mar-13)

Experts have announced that families should be helped to achieve lifelong health through small steps and a back to basics approach. The Infant and Toddler Forum (ITF) is reacting to growing evidence which.....

Childbase number eight in UK’s ‘top companies’ list

Sue Learner, News Editor (13-Mar-13)

The Childbase Partnership, which runs 41 nurseries, is the country’s 8th best company to work for, according to The Sunday Times. The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For Lists gave Childbase a third.....

Pre-School Learning Alliance urges people to sign Government e-petition against childcare ratio changes

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Mar-13)

The Pre-school Learning Alliance is urging people to sign its petition on the Government’s e-petition website, which calls on the Government to scrap its plans on childcare ratio changes. Nearly 3,000 people have already.....

Government childcare policies could have ‘damning consequences’ says Pre-School Learning Alliance chief

Sue Learner, News Editor (04-Mar-13)

Government proposals to reform childcare services in England could have “damning consequences” for the sector and the children it cares for if they are implemented, the head of the Pre-School Learning Alliance has warned. Neil.....