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Politician congratulates nursery group founder for 'outstanding' work in childcare

Michaela Mildenhall (14-Aug-17)

One of 14 outstanding nurseries run by Children 1st Day Nurseries has received a visit from MP Maggie Throup in a bid to congratulate staff and the group’s founder Margaret Mason for her services to education. Children.....

Nurseries determined to limit 'free' places and charge parents for extras

Melissa McAlees (11-Aug-17)

The majority of nurseries will only offer 30-hours 'free' childcare from September, if they impose extra charges to parents and many intend to limit the number of 'free' places they provide, new research reveals. More.....

Mum and dad's childcare struggles 'ruin' one in five relationships

Melissa McAlees (10-Aug-17)

Childcare is a major source of conflict between couples – with one in five admitting it has a negative effect on their relationship, new research suggests. According to a survey conducted by comparethemarket.com,.....

Milestone for Millie's Mark: 100th nursery achieves 'gold standard' in paediatric first aid

Melissa McAlees (09-Aug-17)

A nursery in Stoke-on-Trent has become the 100th setting to achieve Millie’s Mark, the accreditation for excellence in paediatric first aid for early years. The founders of Millie’s Trust, Dan and Joanne.....

Four-year-old returns to nursery after life-saving bone marrow transplant

Melissa McAlees (08-Aug-17)

A brave four-year-old has returned to nursery for the first time since undergoing a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Ava Stark, who attends Noah's Ark Private Nursery Ltd in Lochgelly, Fife, had a vital stem cell transplant.....

Almost 9,000 Canadian nursery places bought by Busy Bees

Angeline Albert (02-Aug-17)

Childcare giant Busy Bees has purchased the Canadian nursery group BrightPath - pushing up its pre-school portfolio to 482 nurseries in the UK, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia. Canada’s private childcare.....

Summer brings nursery graduations for children as young as three

Angeline Albert (01-Aug-17)

Scrolls, hats and black, satin gowns were the attire of the day for tens of thousands of nursery children this summer, with the tear-stained faces of parents commonplace as they nudge each other out of the way for a snap of their.....

Child's death in Grenfell Tower sees nursery children act out fire play

Angeline Albert (01-Aug-17)

A child’s death in Grenfell Tower has led to her nursery classmates 'acting out fire play' to try to cope with the tragedy. Little Amaya Tuccu was three-years-old when she died on 14 June in the https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1585455/Grenfell-Tower-Fire-Nursery-that-lost-everything-feared-the-worst-for-its-children.....

Can a Channel 4 experiment revolutionise how we care for old people?

Melissa McAlees (31-Jul-17)

For some people, the idea of spending six weeks with 10 four-year-olds is exhausting, but could it have the opposite effect on a group of old people? In a new experiment Channel 4 is bringing together a.....

Record amount of children living in households with working adults, but is it the result of Universal Credit?

Michaela Mildenhall (26-Jul-17)

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the amount of children living in a household without a working parent is at an all-time low. Employment minister, Damien Hinds, says this is the result.....

Parents of four-year-olds can now apply for '30 hours' childcare places in September

Michaela Mildenhall (25-Jul-17)

Working parents can now apply for places for four-year-olds under the new 30 hours ‘free’ childcare scheme being rolled out in September, the DfE has announced. This will double the current amount which stands at 15 hours a week. Critics.....

Children's Food Trust announces closure after helping 11 million children access better food

Melissa McAlees (21-Jul-17)

The Children’s Food Trust has announced "with great sadness" that it is to close, after promoting healthy eating for children in the UK for more than 15 years. The charity, formerly called the School Food.....

Soaring childcare costs and shortage of places leave parents 'struggling' this summer

Melissa McAlees (21-Jul-17)

As nurseries and schools across the country break up for the summer holidays, many working parents will be faced with a ‘double whammy’ of rising childcare costs and a ‘scarcity’ of council run childcare provision, new research suggests......

Nursery group buys three nurseries from owner exiting market to open restaurant

Angeline Albert (14-Jul-17)

Children 1st Day Nurseries has added to its 20-strong portfolio of nurseries by purchasing three more settings from a nursery owner believed be exiting the childcare market to run a restaurant. Moors.....

More nurseries confident they can save children's lives with Millie's Mark

Angeline Albert (13-Jul-17)

Staff from a growing number of nurseries across England are confident they have the skills required to save a child's life because they have Millie’s Mark - a new accreditation for paediatric first aid. Millie’s.....

Early years education boosts everyone, not just the disadvantaged, reveals DfE

Angeline Albert (12-Jul-17)

All children benefit from early education from the age of two ‘regardless’ of a child’s household income and level of disadvantage in their area, Government research reveals. New research from the Department.....

Illegal nursery's owner given over £43,000 in council funds is fined only £200

Angeline Albert (11-Jul-17)

The owner of an illegal nursery has been prosecuted by Ofsted for being an unregistered provider but the London Borough of Newham is still trying to recoup more than £43,000, the setting had received for funded hours. Michael.....

Toddler hotel sees Iggle Piggle and other CBeebies characters come to life

Angeline Albert (10-Jul-17)

Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy joined Postman Pat to entertain children at a CBeebies-themed hotel designed for them. The CBeebies Land Hotel at Alton Towers Resort, opened its doors to the public on Saturday.....

Girls aged between five and nine most targeted for FGM

Sue Learner (05-Jul-17)

The most common age for having female genital mutilation (FGM) is between five and nine-years-old, according to new figures from NHS Digital. Over the last two years, 44 per cent of the FGM cases in the UK.....

Parents complain as over half of primary schools have non-competitive sports days

Sue Learner (05-Jul-17)

Parents are calling for school sports days to be competitive, after a survey found over half of primary schools are holding sports days with a non-competitive theme. A poll by online parenting resource, Families.....