Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Parties commit to placing low literacy concerns at the top of political agendas

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Oct-14)

Charity coalition The National Literacy Forum has today announced a cross-party commitment from the UK’s three leading political parties to adopt its ‘Vision for Literacy’ and tackle the UK’s growing literacy gap. The.....

Pilot helpline aims to protect children during parental separation

Richard Howard, News Editor (28-Oct-14)

A more stress-free out of court settlement process is being piloted by family advisory and support service Cafcass, in the shape of a new support helpline designed to lessen the impact of traumatic times on young children. Announced.....

£3.9m investment sees Happy Days embark on South West expansion

Richard Howard, News Editor (28-Oct-14)

Staff recruitment is under way at a new 100-place Bristol day nursery, as Devon and Cornwall based provider Happy Days South West Ltd expands to more parts of the South West. Located at Almondsbury Business Centre, in the Bradley Stoke area.....

Birmingham day nursery renovation makes the most of outdoor space

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

Teachers at the inner-city located St Michael’s Nursery are delighted with the results of an outdoor play renovation, designed to make the most of space previously felt to be ‘uninspiring’. Having worked with outdoor specialists.....

Nurseries to receive up to £300 extra funding for the most disadvantaged three and four-year-olds

Julia Corbett, News Editor (23-Oct-14)

The Government has outlined extra funding aimed at preventing children from the poorest families falling behind their peers before they have even started school. As part of the early years pupil premium, nurseries, schools and.....

Few mothers helped into work by free three-year-old childcare places scheme

Julia Corbett, News Editor (22-Oct-14)

The number of parents helped back into work by the free childcare places for three-year-olds scheme has been minimal, a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found. Estimates suggest only 12,000 mothers have been helped.....

National Children’s hour launched as country’s clocks go back

Julia Corbett, News Editor (22-Oct-14)

A charity event encouraging parents to spend more time with their children will launch this Sunday to coincide with the clocks going back an hour, marking the end of British summer time. The first National Children’s Hour event.....

State of the Nation report advises Government to reset ambitions or risk rise in poverty

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

The Government has been urged to focus on making all young children school ready by 2025 in the State of the Nation report on child poverty and social mobility in the UK. The report has been created by a government-formed commission.....

Boys & Girls Nursery continues to expand

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Oct-14)

The nursery chain, Boys & Girls Nursery, is continuing to expand and has opened a fourth nursery in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. The nursery, which opened its doors at the beginning of October in Chorleywood.....

Animal campaigners urge parents not to buy pet turtles because of Ninja Turtles film

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Oct-14)

The animal rights charity, PETA, is urging parents not to rush out and buy a pet turtle such as a terrapin for their child, after watching the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. The film is on general.....

New nursery seeing double with four sets of twins

Sue Learner, News Editor (13-Oct-14)

A nursery in Southport has only been open for six months and in that short space of time, four sets of twins have joined the setting. Jayne Hayes, owner of Monkey Puzzle nursery said: “I can't believe it. Having one set of twins,.....

Parents urged to take part in jigsaw puzzle appeal for children's hospitals

Sue Learner, News Editor (13-Oct-14)

Jumbo Games and Hobbycraft stores have joined forces with six hospitals in an appeal for people to donate their old jigsaw puzzles. People can drop off their old and used jigsaw puzzles at certain Hobbycraft.....

Three quarters of parents have made no plan in case they die

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

Parents have blamed busy lives, lack of information and a reluctance to think about death for failing to make any plans for their children should they die unexpectedly. Although three quarters of parents believe it is important.....

Education researchers urged not to overlook early years period

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Oct-14)

England’s largest early years membership organisation, the Pre-school Learning Alliance, has criticised a study from the Institute of Education (IOE) for only focusing on children aged five and upwards. The study, which saw the.....

Inner city day nursery redevelops outdoor play provision

Richard Howard, News Editor (01-Oct-14)

Outdoor play is widely promoted by early years experts as essential for pre-school development. For day nurseries without easy access to parks or woodland, a design-led approach becomes necessary. Green Dragon Primary School, in.....