Day Nursery & Nursery School News

The Old Station Nursery "delighted" with progress of vicarage renovation

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

A Newark nursery team are thrilled to see plans coming to fruition regarding the development of new premises, after planning permission was granted to renovate Grade II listed building Martin Foster House. With.....

Ofsted invites learners to feed back on education and skills providers

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Sep-12)

England’s education regulator has this week launched a new website designed to source valuable comment from future professionals currently in training, with the aim of finding out how learners rate their further education and skills.....

Bright Horizons chain calls plans to close eight HMRC nurseries “very sad”

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

Bright Horizons nursery chain has called plans by HMRC to close eight of the nurseries it manages "very sad". Parents have been told that demand for childcare places by HMRC employees is falling and as a.....

£100m funding to expand on free childcare announced by Nick Clegg

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Sep-12)

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced today that £100m of fresh funding will be allocated to local authorities across England, in order to help childcare providers in meeting the growing demand for free places. In doing.....

Kidderminster day centre currently being refurbished for childcare

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Sep-12)

Early years provider The Childcare Co-operative have confirmed that a £700,000 refurbishment programme is underway in Kidderminster, which will see a former day centre converted into a 117 capacity day nursery. The new facility.....

Social mobility experts strengthen the case for improving the early years workforce

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Sep-12)

Charity 4Children have welcomed the call for a better qualified early years workforce, after a report from The Sutton Trust advised that a strong focus on pre-school learning is essential for improving social mobility. Chairman.....

Parents fight to stop closure of eight HMRC nurseries

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

Parents are fighting to stop the closure of eight workplace HMRC nurseries operated by Bright Horizons. Parents have been told that demand for childcare places by HMRC employees is falling and as a result,.....

Kids Allowed welcomes new apprentices to its training academy

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

The nursery chain Kids Allowed has taken on its first four apprentices as part of a new childcare training scheme. The new apprentices, Sarah Mason, Emily Daniels, Lisa Hunt and Megan Heaton will work four.....

New inspection framework still gives school nurseries an unfair advantage over private nurseries

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

The new inspection framework means nursery units attached to schools will be notified of an inspection the day before, whereas private nurseries are given no notice at all. The framework, which came into.....

Three-year-old girl dies on first day at nursery

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

A three-year-old girl died after becoming entangled in a rope on a slide on her first day at nursery. Lydia Bishop, from York, suffered serious injuries in the nursery’s play area at York College on Sim Balk.....

Busy bees Benefits calls on Childcare Commission to raise childcare voucher cap

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

Busy Bees Benefits, which is part of the Busy Bees Group, is calling on the Childcare Commission, to raise the childcare voucher cap from £55 to £75 to make childcare more affordable for working parents. The.....

Nurseries urged to take part in I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge

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

Children’s communication charity I CAN has joined forces with children’s brand Humf and is urging nurseries to take part in its 2013 Chatterbox Challenge. The annual event is designed to get children.....

Inspiring day nursery children to take up tennis after a sporting summer

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

Andy Murray’s US Open championship win is keeping tennis on the sporting agenda after a busy summer for the sport. Children from the age of three are being encouraged to take up tennis at David Lloyd Leisure. Launched.....

National Day Nurseries Association comments on changes at Department for Education

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

Following the Cabinet reshuffle and the announcement of the responsibilities of the new ministerial team at the Department for Education (DfE), National Day Nurseries Association has commented on the appointment of Elizabeth Truss MP, and how the Association.....

New faces at National Children's Bureau, as new president and chair are appointed

Rachel Baker, News Editor (11-Sep-12)

The National Children's Bureau has announced the appointment of Baroness Tyler of Enfield as its new president and Elaine Simpson as the new chair. Baroness Tyler of Enfield will be officially inaugurated into.....

Unique approach to literacy helps 6,000 families rather than the 60 planned

Rachel Baker, News Editor (11-Sep-12)

Helping children to develop their language skills and reading ability by working with families, has been the aim of a successful new scheme led by Professor Cathy Nutbrown from the University of Sheffield. Professor Nutbrown.....

Learn about early years development "Through the Eyes of a Child"

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-Sep-12)

Speech and language experts The Communication Trust have released a series of four short films that are ideal for helping parents and carers make the most of a child’s early years learning potential. Narrated by comedienne Kathy.....

Pre-school Learning Alliance welcomes junior education minister, despite Childcare Commission anxieties

Richard Howard, News Editor (06-Sep-12)

This week’s cabinet reshuffle has seen the Prime Minister appoint the Conservative MP for south west Norfolk, Elizabeth Truss, as a junior education minister, while the sector loses the Liberal Democrat Sarah Teather, who had worked.....

First ever UK appeal from Save the Children

Richard Howard, News Editor (05-Sep-12)

Research from charity Save the Children has found the UK’s poorest children to be bearing the brunt of on-going economic crises, estimating that one in eight of the poorest children go without at least one hot meal a day. The report.....

Parenting financial burden increasing on low-income families

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Sep-12)

Figures released from debt charity Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS) suggest that low-income families are facing financial crisis if they take the decision to have children. Reporting on its feedback from mothers of early.....