Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Free pre-school education will be "revolutionising", says Nick Clegg

Richard Howard, News Editor (31-May-12)

Early years education has been a prominent news subject this week, which has included the announcement of new inspection practices from regulator Ofsted, an independent review on child poverty, a report from UNICEF that ranks the.....

Pre-school Learning Alliance wants to see nursery providers "fully reimbursed" for free places

Richard Howard, News Editor (31-May-12)

A survey undertaken by the Pre-School Learning Alliance has found that only one in eight nurseries are convinced they will receive enough Government funding to meet increases in early years entitlement, to be extended in September.....

Inspection methods to differ between schools and nurseries

Richard Howard, News Editor (31-May-12)

Changes to school and nursery inspections, announced this week by education regulator Ofsted, have been criticised by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) for appearing more lenient to full-time education providers than to.....

Social mobility and child poverty report a "reality check", says leading children's charity

Richard Howard, News Editor (31-May-12)

4Children, the national charity for children and families, have welcomed the findings of an independent review on social mobility from the Rt. Hon Alan Milburn. The report ‘Fair Access to Professional Careers’ focuses on the.....

ITV Tonight documentary, featuring Innsworth nursery, explores childcare funding issues

Richard Howard, News Editor (31-May-12)

ITV Tonight is to this evening broadcast a documentary filmed at Innsworth’s The Old Station Nursery, after the childcare provider welcomed film crews to spend a day filming there. ‘The Parent Trap’ explores the challenges.....

Recommend a Day Nursery campaign launched

Richard Howard, News Editor (30-May-12)

The UK’s leading online resource for day nurseries and childcare information, daynurseries.co.uk, has launched a Recommend a Day Nursery campaign for parents who wish to give something back to the nursery or pre-school their child.....

Ofsted outlines fresh philosophy on inspections, to begin in September

Richard Howard, News Editor (30-May-12)

Education regulator Ofsted have today announced changes to how schools, further education and skills, as well as initial teacher education, will be inspected, after completing the 12-week consultation ‘A good education for all’ which.....

Public spending cuts versus free nursery education

Richard Howard, News Editor (30-May-12)

Children’s charity UNICEF have released a report that ranks the UK as bottom of a table of rich countries, as far as child well-being is concerned, while sending a clear warning to Government that public spending cuts risk worsening.....

Estyn report addresses literacy and numeracy attainment in Wales

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-May-12)

Education and training inspectorate for Wales, Estyn, are looking to set out strategic plans for schools and nurseries to pursue in order to impact on falling literacy and numeracy skills. Published today, the report ‘The impact.....

Thousands sign up for free early years training programme

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-May-12)

Over 4,000 early years practitioners have already signed up for the free distance learning training programme offered by the Pre-School Learning Alliance and training provider EduCare. The training programme was launched three.....

Nearly half of early years settings in London under financial strain as parents struggle to pay bills

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-May-12)

Nearly half of early years settings in the capital are struggling financially, because parents can’t afford to pay their childcare bills, according to a new survey. The London Childcare Providers Survey for the Daycare Trust.....

Parents told to pay top up fees if they want free nursery care, say MPs

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-May-12)

Some parents are being told their children cannot attend nursery for free unless they pay ‘top-up fees’ for extra hours, says a cross-party group of MPs. A report by the Public Accounts Committee claims some parents are being.....

Department for Education loses High Court battle to Essex County Council

Richard Howard, News Editor (23-May-12)

Essex County Council have commented on a High Court battle with the Department of Education, on which the local authority was able to claim victory last week, despite describing the legal action as “an unusual step”. The council.....

Childcare voucher provider KiddiVouchers backs Busy Bees campaign to raise childcare voucher allowance

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-May-12)

Childcare voucher provider, KiddiVouchers, is backing Busy Bees' campaign to raise the childcare voucher cap from £55 to £75 per week. The nursery chain recently launched its “Mind the Gap – Raise the Cap” campaign in a bid.....

Nurseries should be able to apply for academy status, says think tank

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-May-12)

Nurseries should be able to apply for academy status and opt out of local authority control, says the think tank CentreForum. The report ‘Affordable quality: new approaches to childcare’ recommends that nurseries and children's.....

ITV documentary on childcare costs to feature the Old Station Nursery

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-May-12)

The Old Station Nursery is to feature on an ITV documentary on the rising costs of childcare. Crews from ITV Tonight – formerly Tonight with Trevor McDonald – spent a day filming at The Old Station Nursery’s Innsworth setting.....

Literacy standards addressed by Welsh Government initiatives

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

The Welsh Government have launched a National Literacy Programme (NLP) as part of a five-year plan to drive up standards that are currently falling behind the rest of the UK. The four key actions that ministers are aiming to.....

“I would have loved more guidance” says Prime Minister as he launches new parenting services

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-May-12)

Prime minster David Cameron, admitted he would have "loved more guidance" when his children were babies, as he launched a series of new services to help parents. The services being offered to parents, include a new digital.....

£6 million day nursery and primary school to be built in Buckinghamshire

Rachel Baker, News Editor (17-May-12)

A new £6 million pound day nursery and primary school is to be built in Buckinghamshire by BAM Construction UK. Berryfields nursery school will have the capacity for 52 pre-school children, on the same site as Aylesbury Vale.....

NHS investing more money into postnatal depression and maternity care

Rachel Baker, News Editor (17-May-12)

The NHS will give more support to women who have postnatal depression or who have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of a baby, health secretary Andrew Lansley has pledged. An extra 4,200 health visitors, being.....