Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Department for Education vows to end ‘red tape burden’ for childminders

Julia Corbett, News Editor (28-Mar-14)

Education and Childcare minister Elizabeth Truss has announced plans to improve support, training and advice for childminders to increase childcare options for parents throughout the country. The Government said hard working.....

Children to be tested in the first few weeks of starting school

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Mar-14)

Children in reception classes in England are to be tested in the first few weeks of starting school, the Government has announced. The Department for Education (DfE) said a reception baseline test will mean.....

Local responses to child neglect in England too variable, according to regulator

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Mar-14)

Local authorities and safeguarding children boards need to improve their understanding of why children can become neglected, according to a report published today by education regulator for Ofsted. Drawing reviews from councils,.....

Children living where water is fluoridated have less tooth decay

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Mar-14)

Children living in areas where the water is fluoridated have less tooth decay, than other areas of England, according to a new report. The report by Public Health England reveals that as many as 45 per cent.....

Many nurseries can’t afford to employ graduates despite obvious benefits

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Mar-14)

Lack of funding from local authorities is preventing many nurseries from employing graduates, despite their input being highly beneficial. A study carried out by National Day Nurseries Association found the.....

Parents need right information to prevent Vitamin D deficiency in under-fives

Julia Corbett, News Editor (21-Mar-14)

Public health campaign 'Vitamin D Mission' has been created to improve awareness of ensuring the diets of under-five’s contain enough vitamin D and organisers want healthcare professions to do more to provide advice to parents......

Ofsted calls for views on proposed introduction of separate judgement for school nurseries

Julia Corbett, News Editor (21-Mar-14)

A proposal set out by Ofsted to change the way nurseries attached to schools are graded and judged has been announced by the regulatory service. Ofsted are planning to introduce separate grading and judgements of nurseries.....

Childcare charities respond to 2014 budget

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

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a freeze on council tax, fuel duty and a raise of the personal tax allowance to £10,500 to accompany yesterday’s announcement which revealed a £2,000 tax break for working parents through a.....

£2,000 childcare tax break for working parents welcomed by nursery organisations

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-Mar-14)

The Government has announced a new tax-free childcare scheme, of up to £2,000 tax relief on childcare a year, for all children under the age of 12. The new childcare package was announced by the Prime Minister.....

Charity launches new measurement framework to show positive impact of children’s centres

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

An evidence and measurement framework is being launched for all children’s centres to ensure the core purposes of the centres are being met nationally. Children’s charity 4children has launched the framework to set out the most.....

Tragedy of childhood cancer the focus of new national conference

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

A new conference has been announced looking into the ordeal of childhood cancer, which will explore crucial issues that include barriers to research, funding and GP awareness. The National Childhood Cancer Conference (CCC14), from.....

4Children urges Government to guarantee quality, affordable childcare to help disadvantaged children

Nina Hathway, News Editor (12-Mar-14)

Charity report calls for wide-ranging childcare reforms to lift children out of poverty. In a report entitled The Childcare Guarantee, 4Children, the national charity for children and families, is calling.....

Technology offers a route into reading for disadvantaged three to five-year-olds, says charity

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

Technological devices such as smartphones and tablet computers can help three to five-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds with their reading, says research commissioned by a leading literacy charity......

Pre-school Learning Alliance survey seeks to place professionals 'at the centre of the early years debate'

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-Mar-14)

An Early Years Agenda survey has been launched by the Pre-school Learning Alliance, that the organisation hopes will produce landmark research on the performance of the early years sector. Gathering the.....

Value of apprenticeships recognised for developing a quality childcare workforce

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

This National Apprenticeship week, Midlands and Yorkshire based Children 1st Day Nurseries has opened a new training academy focusing on helping young people to begin a career in childcare and education. The.....

World Book Day invites day nurseries to celebrate reading

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

Today is World Book Day and around the UK thousands of schools and nurseries have opened to children dressed as their favourite story characters. There are plenty of resources available for teachers and carers to download at www.worldbookday.com.....