Day Nursery & Nursery School News

One day left for parents to respond to Government’s Tax-Free Childcare proposals

Julia Corbett, News Editor (26-Sep-13)

Parents have one day left to submit their comments on the Government’s Tax Free Childcare consultation. The online survey requires parents to submit their views on the proposed changes announced at the Budget 2013 to introduce.....

New Childbase Partnership nursery showcases learning through play vision

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Sep-13)

Hertford’s new River View Day Nursery (Hertford) has combined staff professionalism with versatile learning and play capabilities to impress its first visitors. Becoming the latest addition to the portfolio of Childbase Partnership,.....

Nursery staff’s garden project improves lives for vulnerable refuge women and children

Julia Corbett, News Editor (25-Sep-13)

Five women and children’s refuge gardens in Manchester have been transformed into child friendly areas by staff from ten kidsunlimited nurseries in a two day makeover. The project, named ‘happy seedlings’,.....

Childcare charity calls for Labour's business rates freeze to go further and exempt nurseries

Julia Corbett, News Editor (24-Sep-13)

A leading childcare charity has called for the Labour party to exempt nurseries altogether from business rates following Ed Miliband’s announcement to freeze rates for small businesses. Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband will pledge.....

Ofsted accused of publishing inadequate childcare statistics

Richard Howard, News Editor (20-Sep-13)

England’s education regulator Ofsted has come under strong criticism, from concerned early years groups, for the quality of its childcare inspection statistics. In growing frustration, the National Day Nurseries Association and.....

Save the Children publishes parents' views on childcare performance in Scotland

Richard Howard, News Editor (19-Sep-13)

The ability of low income families in Scotland to access childcare and early years education remains inconsistent, according to research from charity Save the Children. Recorded in the charity’s report ‘Give Us A Hand’ are 150.....

Child health organisations react to free school meals announcement

Richard Howard, News Editor (18-Sep-13)

Free school meals for all children between four and seven years old is £600m well spent, according to leading children’s charities and organisations, though politicians and economists are clearly divided on the issue. Dr Hilary.....

Family carers that step in to raise abused and neglected children deserve more help, agree Lib Dems

Richard Howard, News Editor (17-Sep-13)

National charity Grandparents Plus have warmly welcomed the inclusion of grandparents and family carers within Liberal Democrat policy for paid leave entitlement. The charity believes this is the first.....

Bounds Green nursery in North London showcases purpose-built interior

Richard Howard, News Editor (17-Sep-13)

A new, state-of-the-art North London day nursery has been unveiled by The Co-operative Childcare group, bringing 83 more childcare places to the Bounds Green area. The provider opened the doors to the facility last week, inviting parents.....

Child Poverty Action Group wants politicians to recognise ‘perfectly ordinary’ families who rely on benefits

Laura McCardle, News Editor (13-Sep-13)

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has launched a campaign calling on the Government to ignore stereotypes and recognise the “perfectly ordinary” families who rely on benefits. The organisation believes.....

MPs call for greater emotional support for new mums during critical first 1,001 days

Laura McCardle, News Editor (12-Sep-13)

MPs have called for new mums to be given greater mental and emotional support during a critical 1,001-day period at the start of their children’s lives. Earlier today Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom and Labour.....

Ninety-eight per cent of people against formal testing of young children

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Sep-13)

Ninety-per cent of people are against formal testing of young children, according to a poll carried out by daynurseries.co.uk. The findings come in the wake of a call by a group of child development experts.....

Childcare experts call for changes to 'political and uninformed' early education policies

Laura McCardle, News Editor (12-Sep-13)

Childcare experts have come together to launch a campaign calling for changes to the early education system, with school starting age being a priority. Led by the Save Childhood Movement, the ‘Too Much,.....

Pre-School Learning Alliance launches e-guide to help pre-schools run as charities limit liability

Laura McCardle, News Editor (12-Sep-13)

The Pre-School Learning Alliance has launched an e-guide to help members wishing to create a charity under the new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) structure. A CIO is a new incorporated legal.....

Nurseries urged to join 'Ofsted Big Conversation' weekend to discuss Ofsted’s inspection regime

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Sep-13)

People working in the early years sector are being urged to join the ‘Ofsted Big Conversation’ weekend in a bid to get Ofsted to listen to their concerns. June O’Sullivan, who is spearheading the initiative,.....

Government fund to help adopted children live ‘stable and fulfilling’ childhoods

Laura McCardle, News Editor (11-Sep-13)

A new £19.3m Government fund will give children adopted from care, who may have been victims of abuse or neglect, the opportunity to live “stable and fulfilling” childhoods. The Adoption Support Fund, revealed this morning by Children.....

Toddlers to receive flu jabs as part of ‘fundamental changes’ to the NHS

Laura McCardle, News Editor (11-Sep-13)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed plans to vaccinate two and three year olds against flu as part of “fundamental changes” to improve the care of older people. Yesterday he announced that young children.....

Pre-School Learning Alliance concerned about the ‘worrying’ downgrading of children’s centres

Laura McCardle, News Editor (09-Sep-13)

The chief executive of the Pre-School Learning Alliance has expressed his concerns about the “worrying” downgrading of children’s centres by Ofsted. Neil Leitch has spoken out after the body published the.....

Peter Pan Nursery faces difficult future after losing National Lottery funding

Laura McCardle, News Editor (09-Sep-13)

A nursery that cares for children with special needs faces a difficult future after losing the National Lottery funding that has supported the charity for the last five years. The Peter Pan Nursery for Children.....

Educational campaign reveals five easy steps to ensure children with epilepsy are protected

Julia Corbett, News Editor (06-Sep-13)

A new campaign has been launched by Young Epilepsy that is aimed to support carers and parents of children with epilepsy to improve their confidence and knowledge of the condition. Affecting one in every 200 children, epilepsy.....