Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Ofsted not ruling out "radical reform" of early years sector regulation

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

In this year’s annual report from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, Sir Michael Wilshaw has decided to focus on the importance of strong leadership throughout the education system. Though.....

Asquith nurseries director raises nearly £10,000 for charity

Sue Learner, News Editor (28-Nov-12)

An Asquith Day Nurseries director has raised nearly £10,000 for a charity for disadvantaged children. Jeff Stanford, IT director at Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre-Schools Ltd braved altitude sickness and freezing temperatures to climb.....

Early years experts debate how to make new Government funding work

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-Nov-12)

Pre-school learning experts have welcomed the Government’s move to provide councils with more than half a billion pounds of early years entitlement funding, announced today by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Equating to £5.09.....

New Lincoln nursery opened by city MP

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-Nov-12)

Childcare provider The Old Station Nursery Ltd has opened the latest addition to its portfolio, in the shape of the company’s new Elm House facility, which has been the focus of a £50,000 refurbishment. Opened on 23 November with the help.....

Road Safety Week sees launch of GO 20 campaign

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

Road safety charity Brake are hoping to see 2012 bring about a legacy of safe walking and cycling, with Road Safety Week initiatives across the UK seeing schools, nurseries and communities helping the charity to highlight the need.....

Pre-school children shun professional entertainers for traditional party games

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Nov-12)

Children under five prefer traditional party games such as Pass the Parcel and Musical Chairs to professional entertainers, according to a new survey. I CAN, the children’s communication charity, has revealed.....

National Day Nurseries Association trains up early years apprentices

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Nov-12)

The National Day Nurseries Association has been training up young people not in employment or education to work in the early years. Nine young people from Kirklees in Yorkshire have been awarded certificates of achievement.....

Study finds children who go to nursery 50 per cent more likely to be overweight

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Nov-12)

Young children who go to nursery on a regular basis are 50 per cent more likely to be overweight than those who stay at home with their parents, according to a recent study. Dr Marie-Claude Geoffroy, who.....

CRB checks no longer needed by nursery photographers

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Nov-12)

New legislation means CRB checks are no longer needed by nursery photographers. The legislation which recently came into force as part of ‘Regulated Activity’ in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 says that.....

Children in poverty due to parents with low-income jobs rather than ‘feckless’ parents

Sue Learner, News Editor (19-Nov-12)

A charity has said poverty in children is down to parents having low-income jobs rather than ‘feckless’ parents, as Government launches child poverty consultation looking at access to childcare, education and worklessness. The.....

MP Graham Allen and charity 4Children to lead early intervention foundation

Sue Learner, News Editor (19-Nov-12)

MP Graham Allen and the charity are to lead the Early Intervention Foundation, which will champion and promote the benefits of early intervention, for children and families across the UK. The.....

New review procedures to improve children's safeguarding, announced by Welsh Government

Rachel Baker, News Editor (15-Nov-12)

A new Child Practice Review framework replacing the current Serious Case Review procedures has been announced by the Welsh Government. Gwenda Thomas, deputy minister for children and social services, revealed a new national.....

£2m boost for childcare to get more women working, women and equalities minister announces

Rachel Baker, News Editor (14-Nov-12)

An investment into childcare with £2 million in grants for up to 6,000 new childcare businesses in England has been announced today by women and equalities minister, Maria Miller. People who want to set up a nursery or childminding.....

Health professionals “are not clear on the specific nutritional needs for the under-5s”, claims education initiative

Rachel Baker, News Editor (14-Nov-12)

Over 80 per cent of healthcare professionals are not clear on the specific nutritional needs of the under 5s, despite seeing nutrition as a high priority in their day-to-day practice, the Feeding for Life Foundation has claimed. The.....

Reduce speed limits to increase child fitness, parents say

Rachel Baker, News Editor (13-Nov-12)

Lower speed limits would enable children to enjoy walking, cycling and playing outside more often, helping to tackle obesity, according to more than half of parents surveyed by Netmums. Sustrans’ Free Range Kids campaign, who.....

£25m to improve maternity wards and develop facilities for mums and babies

Rachel Baker, News Editor (12-Nov-12)

Support for mums and babies, with a £25 million fund to improve birthing environments has been announced today by Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter. Maternity services will be able to apply for new funds to improve their maternity.....

Dame Kelly Holmes receives cheque for over £50,000 from Busy Bees nursery children

Rachel Baker, News Editor (12-Nov-12)

Dame Kelly Holmes met with a gathering of children, parents and staff from Busy Bees Nurseries to receive a cheque for £53,373.62 on Tuesday 6 November. Over 11,500 children from 136 Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd.....

Online system launched to help day nurseries with business and finance

Rachel Baker, News Editor (12-Nov-12)

To help day nurseries and their local councils with low occupancy, access to funding and financial sustainability, National Day Nurseries Association has launched an online system. Nursery Calcul8 answers key questions childcare providers may.....

New vaccination to protect babies against common diarrhoea bug

Rachel Baker, News Editor (12-Nov-12)

A diarrhoea vaccination programme to spare thousands of babies visits to hospital has been announced by the Department of Health. From Septermber 2013, children under four months will be vaccinated against rotavirus, a highly.....

MP Glenda Jackson has joined the fight to save a nursery in North-West London

Sue Learner, News Editor (01-Nov-12)

MP Glenda Jackson is backing a campaign by parents to save a nursery in North-West London Parents held a rally outside Parliament where they presented their petition with 800 signatures to Hampstead and Kilburn.....