Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Most parents ban tech before bedtime to read from a story book

Angeline Albert, News Editor (03-Mar-17)

The majority of parents (55 per cent) ban their children from using technology before bed, preferring to read them a bedtime story. The bedtime story tops parents’ list of ‘must-haves’ in their child’s lives,.....

High childcare costs and shortage of places puts nurseries 'in peril'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (02-Mar-17)

Parents are spending up to 45 per cent of their disposable income on childcare costs, new research published by the Family and Childcare Trust (FACT) reveals. Families pay on average £116 per week for a.....

Flipping marvellous: Pancake races get pre-schoolers egg-cited

Angeline Albert, News Editor (28-Feb-17)

The 28 February was no ordinary day for children across the land who had their tastebuds tingling for this year's annual pancake day. As Shrove Tuesday approached, it would have been an unfortunate mishap.....

Nurseries blast off for British Science Week

Charley Walker, News Editor (28-Feb-17)

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is encouraging nurseries across the UK to stage a mass fizzy rocket launch for British Science Week. Under fives will be encouraged to switch their minds on to science.....

Misdiagnosis of SEND diverting support away from children with genuine needs

Charley Walker, News Editor (24-Feb-17)

Pressure from parents is resulting in misdiagnoses of special education needs and disabilities while children with genuine problems are overlooked, new research has revealed. More than half of teachers believe.....

Nurseries warned to look out for excessive clinginess as part of proposed new guidelines to help spot abuse

Sue Learner, Editor (22-Feb-17)

New guidelines are being drawn up to help nursery practitioners, teachers and social workers spot warning signs of abuse or neglect and put in interventions to stop it. The advice from NICE (National Institute.....

FGM play will help nurseries and children's centres tackle female genital mutilation

Sue Learner, Editor (20-Feb-17)

An interactive play, Bloodlines, is travelling around the country as part of an FGM training day for staff from nurseries, children's centres and schools. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure carried.....

Author and illustrator Nick Sharratt urges dads to spend more time reading with their children

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (15-Feb-17)

Award-winning illustrator and author Nick Sharratt is backing a new reading campaign to encourage more parents, particularly dads, to read with their children. ‘Read Manchester’ has been launched by The National.....

'Outstanding' nurseries have 'tiny effect' on children's attainment

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (14-Feb-17)

Attending a nursery with highly qualified staff or an 'outstanding' Ofsted rating has a limited impact on a child’s educational achievement, according to new research. The report titled 'Nursery Quality:.....

NICE urges GPs to assess mental health of all pregnant and postnatal women

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (13-Feb-17)

Pregnant women and new mothers should be given more support and guidance surrounding their mental health, according to a new report by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). NICE is.....

Think tank urges Government to abolish funded childcare and target disadvantaged families

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (07-Feb-17)

A report by think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has called for the universal free childcare entitlement to be abolished and for 'costly regulations' to be scrapped to make childcare more affordable. The.....

Education Secretary visits Arsenal football club to launch reading and football partnership

Charley Walker, News Editor (02-Feb-17)

The Education Secretary Justine Greening visited Arsenal football club to listen to children read, celebrating their achievements and marking the launch of a literacy partnership. The joint literacy initiative.....

Early years provider named National Champion for Outstanding nurseries

Charley Walker, News Editor (31-Jan-17)

Leading childcare and education provider, Childbase Partnership, has been named as one of the National Champions that will represent the UK in the European Business Awards. With 43 day nurseries throughout.....

Government backs innovative projects for vulnerable children and families

Charley Walker, News Editor (30-Jan-17)

The Department for Education has awarded a grant of £7m to three projects with ambitious plans to transform children’s services. The funding, awarded as part of the children’s social care innovation programme,.....

'Alarming poverty gap' in UK puts children's health in 'jeopardy', study finds

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (27-Jan-17)

Around one in five children in the UK are thought to be living in poverty, with those from the most deprived backgrounds experiencing worse health compared with the most affluent, new research suggests. The.....

'Left in the dark': Councils fail to give families with disabled children basic guidance on childcare

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (26-Jan-17)

Families with disabled children are frequently 'left in the dark' when it comes to childcare due to a lack of information from local authorities, new research suggests. A report from the Family and Childcare.....

TV actor Kathy Burke stars in new CBeebies series

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (25-Jan-17)

Kathy Burke, Sarah Lancashire and Andrew Scott are the voices behind the monster characters in a new 2D animated preschool series, which airs on CBeebies next month. School Of Roars, which follows five little.....

Fathers admit to struggling with work-life balance

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Jan-17)

The UK is running the risk of creating a 'fatherhood penalty' as fathers consider side-lining their careers to find roles that better combine with family life, according to a new study. Published by work-life.....

Nicola Sturgeon offers £1.5m to recruit more nursery staff in deprived areas

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Jan-17)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced funding of nearly £1.5m to boost nursery staff numbers in less affluent parts of Scotland. The funding is the first step towards realising the commitment to ensure.....

Three-year-old greets shocked dad after walking home alone from nursery

Angeline Albert, News Editor (19-Jan-17)

Tiny tot Tanjida Amreen turned up alone at the doorstep of her home, having walked out of her nursery undetected. The three-year-old girl managed to cross several main roads to greet her shocked father at.....