Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Tributes paid to 'inspirational' nursery manager found strangled to death

Melissa McAlees (24-Apr-17)

An outpouring of tributes have been paid to a much-loved nursery manager who was strangled to death by her 'controlling' husband. Chrissy Kendall’s lifeless body was found by her son Ryan, at their home in.....

New £30k nursery playground helps girl with cerebral palsy develop 'I can' attitude

Michaela Mildenhall (20-Apr-17)

A little girl with cerebral palsy who had life-changing surgery to help her walk without a wheelchair, is now able to develop her physical skills because of a nursery's new ‘super-playground’. The outside area of the Clockwork.....

Government urged to halt 'unforgiveable' closures of children's playgrounds

Sue Learner (13-Apr-17)

In just two years, over 200 children’s playgrounds have been closed by local authorities across England, according to new research. A study carried out by the Association of Play Industries (API) has revealed.....

Lack of childcare 'to blame' for London having lowest number of working mums

Sue Learner (12-Apr-17)

London has the lowest number of working mums out of any region in the UK, with a think tank claiming this is due in part to seventy per cent of London’s boroughs not having enough childcare for working parents. London.....

'Free school meals for all' under a Labour government

Michaela Mildenhall (07-Apr-17)

Shadow leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced that under a Labour Government, free school meals would be available to all state-educated primary children, regardless of age. Labour would fund the £1bn plans,.....

Busy Bees celebrate a year of 'exceptional moments' at national awards ceremony

Michaela Mildenhall (06-Apr-17)

Staff members from Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd arrived in force to witness awards being presented to exceptional individuals and nurseries within the group. Over 400 staff from all across Britain attended the event, which saw staff applauding.....

More than 1,000 nurseries are next to illegally polluted roads

Melissa McAlees (05-Apr-17)

More than 1,000 nurseries in England are within 150m of roads that break legal limits for air pollution, new research suggests. While the majority of nurseries close to polluted roads are in London, research.....

Welsh nurseries 'most fragile' ahead of doubling 'free' childcare

Melissa McAlees (04-Apr-17)

Nurseries in Wales are 'struggling to stay afloat' due to low funding rates and rising business costs, a new report has warned. A survey by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) found that the Welsh.....

Number of parents accessing pilot 30-hours exceeds expectations

Melissa McAlees (03-Apr-17)

Thousands of working parents in England are accessing 30-hours free childcare, as the Government’s early roll-out programme has exceeded expectations. According to the Department for Education (DfE), demand.....

Government wants to ditch Sats for seven-year-olds and test four-year-olds instead

Melissa McAlees (31-Mar-17)

National curriculum tests taken by six and seven-year-olds in England are to be scrapped, following years of pressure from parents and school leaders, who argue they put children under 'too much' stress. The.....

MPs call for 'urgent action' to tackle childhood obesity

Melissa McAlees (27-Mar-17)

A new report by the Health Select Committee calls for more robust action by the Government to tackle childhood obesity, including controlling the ‘deep discounting and price promotions’ on the sales of unhealthy food and drink. The.....

NHS launches breastfeeding 'ChatBot' to support new mums

Melissa McAlees (27-Mar-17)

Research from Public Health England (PHE) and NHS suggests that fewer than half of babies in England are breastfed for longer than two months. Almost three quarters of mothers start breastfeeding when their.....

Nurseries in Scotland to get quality status and £2m training fund

Angeline Albert (24-Mar-17)

The Scottish Government has announced a £2 million specialist training fund will be available for nurseries, as well as a national quality stamp of approval. As part of an early years action plan, Scotland.....

Scotland faces childcare shortage as nurseries refuse to offer free places

Angeline Albert (23-Mar-17)

Many nurseries in Scotland have refused to offer the 1,140 free childcare hours promised by the Scottish Government from 2020 - meaning families could miss out on funded nursery places. Almost half (49 per.....

Nurseries urged to sign up as £2,000 a year Tax-Free Childcare website goes live

Angeline Albert (22-Mar-17)

Millions of parents can register from today for a new Tax-Free Childcare scheme and the 30 hours' free childcare offer via the Government’s new Childcare Choices website. Nurseries are being urged to sign.....

'Distressing' rise in babies and toddlers hospitalised to remove rotten teeth

Angeline Albert (22-Mar-17)

The number of tooth extractions performed on babies and children up to the age of four in hospital has risen by a quarter (24 per cent) in England over the last decade. No less than 84,086 tooth extractions.....

Busy Bees joins forces with Meningitis Now as national charity partner

Charley Walker, News Editor (17-Mar-17)

Childcare provider Busy Bees has announced it will be supporting Meningitis Now throughout 2017 to raise awareness and contribute to the £3m the charity needs to smoothly throughout the year. The UK’s largest.....

Nurseries dispute 'misleading' report that thousands of nursery practitioners are paid less than minimum wage

Sue Learner (17-Mar-17)

National Day Nurseries Association and Pre-School Learning Alliance have disputed a new report which claims 20,000 nursery practitioners are being paid below the minimum wage. Research based on data from.....

Olympic badminton player inspires nursery children to be healthy

Sue Learner (16-Mar-17)

Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms is launching National Day Nurseries Association’s (NDNA) Healthy Body, Happy Me campaign to encourage children to be healthy. Nursery children will be learning all about.....

'Silent killer' of physical inactivity affecting children as young as seven years old

Charley Walker (15-Mar-17)

Researchers have recommended that policy efforts to promote physical activity should begin much earlier in childhood, following a new study that revealed a significant decrease in exercise by the age of seven. Despite.....