Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Ofsted inspections find healthy improvement throughout childcare

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-Nov-14)

Early years experts have welcomed the latest batch of statistics published by England’s education regulator Ofsted, which records on-going improvement throughout day care and nursery services. Key findings.....

Somerset children’s services failing the most vulnerable families in area

Julia Corbett, News Editor (26-Nov-14)

Ofsted’s first multi-remit focused inspection carried out in Somerset has judged a third of the 39 inspected children’s settings less than good and said too many providers were inadequate. The inspection looked at nurseries,.....

Day nurseries urged to embrace Maths Champions

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Nov-14)

Incorporating ‘Maths Champions’ into preschool environments has a clear impact on the numeracy performance of children, according to the National Day Nurseries Association. Further reflection on the NDNA’s.....

The Early Intervention Foundation calls for 'services to suit families'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (21-Nov-14)

Children and families are being caught in a complex system when seeking help and support, according to a new report published today, by The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF). The EIF is one of the ‘What Works’ centres established.....

School teacher buys Torquay day nursery

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

A private day nursery has been bought by a school teacher who will now take over Peek-A-Boo Childcare nursery in Shiphay, Torquay. First time buyer Alexandra Bithell is a local teacher in Torquay and has taken over the nursery.....

Co-operative day nurseries celebrate charity fundraiser and letter from the Queen

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (21-Nov-14)

Children from the Co-operative Childcare nurseries have been celebrating two recent successes, including participating in a charity fundraising initiative and receiving a letter from the Queen. The Co-operative Childcare nursery.....

Fruit and vegetable games inspire children to try healthy foods

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (20-Nov-14)

Nurseries could use fruit and vegetable themed games to inspire children in their care to eat a healthier diet as they grow up. A selection of Berkshire nursery children were surveyed by The University of Reading and toddlers were.....

Bristol day nursery group celebrates the opening of a new nursery

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (19-Nov-14)

Mama Bear’s Day Nursery group is celebrating the success of opening its twentieth premises in Bradley Stoke. The Bristol based group’s newest nursery is situated on the previous Butterflies Day Nursery site.....

Latest Ofsted statistics reveal a decline in the number of childcare providers

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (14-Nov-14)

The number of registered childcare providers has fallen, however the number of early years places offered has increased, according to new figures from Ofsted. The figures revealed that there were 90,972 childcare providers registered.....

Nursery raises funds for baby charity with Miffy the bunny visit

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (13-Nov-14)

The Cainscross Co-operative Childcare nursery in Stroud recently held a bake sale to raise funds for the charity Bliss, which cares for premature and sick babies. The children received a special visit from.....

Parents could face higher childcare costs because of funding gap

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Nov-14)

Nurseries will be forced to charge parents higher fees, unless the Government addresses the funding gap in the free childcare scheme, warns the Pre-School Learning Alliance. Currently all disadvantaged two-year-olds.....

Hidden sugar content of children's fruit juices revealed

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (11-Nov-14)

Some children’s juices that are considered healthy contain unnecessary levels of sugar and calories, contributing to tooth decay, type two diabetes and obesity, according to a new survey by Action on Sugar. The.....

Kiddi Caru celebrates Phonics success

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (11-Nov-14)

Kiddi Caru has recently invested in a brand new Phonics training initiative to ensure that it can provide the best learning environment for children. The programme will pay dividends to children and staff at.....

The Pre-school Learning Alliance opens new Beijing office

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (10-Nov-14)

The Pre-school Learning Alliance is celebrating the success of opening a new office in Beijing. The Alliance is working alongside China based organisation I-Best and the China Education Association for.....

Business leaders call for childcare entitlement to be extended to one-year-olds

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Nov-14)

The CBI, a business lobbying organisation, is urging the Government to help boost living standards for low income and working families, by extending Government-funded childcare to one and two-year-olds, as well raising the threshold.....

Helmets to correct deformed infant skulls offer little benefit

Julia Corbett, News Editor (07-Nov-14)

A study into the most effective treatment for deformed infant skulls has found no significant difference between children who wore moulding helmets and those who had not. There has been an increase in cranial deformity in recent.....

English National Opera to perform first ever show for children

Julia Corbett, News Editor (07-Nov-14)

Children will be able to attend the first ever opera aimed at children after a popular children’s book has been adapted for performance by the English National Opera. The opera has been named after the book.....

Half of parents won't let children play unsupervised, despite remembering their own childhood freedom

Julia Corbett, News Editor (06-Nov-14)

Although they believe freedom to play and take risks is an important part of a child’s development, half of parents do not let their children play outside without supervision. A survey exploring parent’s and children’s opinions.....

Anne Longfield named strongest candidate for Children’s Commissioner for England

Julia Corbett, News Editor (05-Nov-14)

The current chief executive of national charity 4Children has been named as the preferred candidate for the next children's commissioner for England by the Secretary of State for Education. In a letter to the chair of the Education.....

Family friendly Busy Bees day nursery cares for both children and working parents

Julia Corbett, News Editor (03-Nov-14)

A London nursery will provide nutritional take away meals for children, help for parents using the London underground and instant access to childcare professionals for parents, when it opens next week. Nursery chain Busy Bees.....