Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Should parents lie to children about Father Christmas?

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (25-Nov-16)

Telling ‘porky pies’ is a morally ambiguous exercise and while told knowingly for selfish purposes are for the most part unacceptable, there are some acceptable degrees of lying, if it means keeping 'Christmas alive' for as long as.....

Top ten tips to help young children be kind

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Nov-16)

Children under the age of six are working hard at being kind and tolerant but parents still feel there is much to learn, according to new research. Not always telling the truth, not interrupting when someone.....

Lack of extra funding from Chancellor is 'a missed opportunity', says early years sector

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Nov-16)

As Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Autumn Statement today, early years charities criticised the Government’s lack of action to help families who are ‘working around-the-clock’ to make ends meet. There.....

Busy Bees staff share best practice through International Teachers Exchange Programme

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Nov-16)

Busy Bees nurseries in Derby (Heatherton), Solihull (Blythe), St Albans (Hospital) and Mardley Hill recently welcomed childcare professionals from their sister nurseries in Singapore and Malaysia to share best practice methods in.....

Autumn Statement: Nurseries and 'Just About Managing' families desperate for extra help

Sue Learner, Editor (21-Nov-16)

There has been speculation that the Chancellor will announce extra childcare measures in the Autumn Statement to help JAM families who are ‘just about managing’. Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver his.....

Children in Need helped William, aged three, take his first steps

Angeline Albert, News Editor (18-Nov-16)

Three year-old William was born with a rare genetic condition, so it took him longer to walk and do all the other things a toddler would do, but money from Children in Need has helped give the little boy a better chance in life......

'Outdated cultural' concepts still rife: Half of men say Shared Parental Leave makes them seem 'less of a man'

Sue Learner, Editor (18-Nov-16)

Over half of men who have taken Shared Parental Leave worry it wasn’t in the best interests of their child and say those who do take it risk being seen as “less of a man”, according to a new survey. The.....

Internet overtakes television as top media pastime for five-year-olds

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (16-Nov-16)

Children as young as five are spending around 15 hours each week on the internet, overtaking the time spent watching a television for the first time, according to new research. Ofcom’s report on Children.....

'Desperate need' for early years intervention as Welsh children start school struggling to speak

Charley Walker, News Editor (14-Nov-16)

The charity Save the Children is calling for the Welsh Government to provide more speech and language support in early years settings, after it found that children starting primary school display worrying language difficulties. Nearly.....

Young babies at risk if in car seats for longer than 30 minutes

Angeline Albert, News Editor (11-Nov-16)

Newborn babies are at risk of suffocating if left in their car seat for a journey lasting more than 30 minutes, researchers warn. Doctors say very young babies whose neck muscles are not strong enough to.....

Wales gets six '30 hours free childcare' pilot areas

Angeline Albert, News Editor (09-Nov-16)

Six local authorities in Wales have been chosen to test out the 30 hour free childcare offer for three and four-year-olds. The childcare offer will be piloted in Wales from September 2017 in Gwynedd, Anglesey,.....

Childcare minister seeks views for staff skills rethink

Angeline Albert, News Editor (07-Nov-16)

The early years minister Caroline Dinenage is considering reinstating Functional Skills as an alternative to GCSE English and maths for Level 3 nursery practitioners and is urging the early years sector to tell her what skills the.....

Toys R Us holds 'autism-friendly' Christmas shopping hour

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (28-Oct-16)

Branches of Toys R Us across the UK are set to hold a ‘quiet’ shopping hour to help children with autism and additional needs. The event will take place on the morning of Sunday 6 November and will offer.....

Childbase Partnership conquers the Pyrenees for charity

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (27-Oct-16)

Courageous nursery practitioners have conquered the Pyrenees in a four-day expedition to help raise over £4,500 for Children’s Air Ambulance, which has just one helicopter covering the country, reaching only one in every three children.....

Communication training for parents reduces severity of autism in children

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (26-Oct-16)

An early intervention aimed at helping parents communicate with their child has been shown to have an effect on reducing the severity of autism characteristics, new research has revealed. Published in The.....

Kids2Us joins Asquith's family of nurseries

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (25-Oct-16)

Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre-Schools Ltd have added to their family of nurseries by acquiring Kids2Us in Astley, Manchester. Kids2Us is a modern, state-of-the-art day nursery located in Astley, near Wigan. Owned by Aspall Property Group, the purpose-built.....

Children achieving a 'good level of development' continues to increase

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Oct-16)

The percentage of five-year-olds reaching a “good level of development” at the end of reception has increased, according to the Department for Education (DfE), which released their analysis of this year’s EYFS Profile results. At.....

Children more proficient in technology than the alphabet

Charley Walker, News Editor (20-Oct-16)

Children can competently use tablets and television remotes before they can recite the alphabet, a new report has revealed. The average British child is able to recognise most letters of the alphabet by the.....

Toddler tantrums: Parents more likely to ignore girls' tantrums than boys

Sue Learner, Editor (20-Oct-16)

Parents tend to deal with their children’s tantrums by ignoring them, with parents more likely to turn a blind eye to temper tantrums by girls rather than boys. Other methods of dealing with tantrums include.....

Early years sector sees 'catastrophic' recruitment crisis caused by drop in workforce qualifications

Charley Walker, News Editor (19-Oct-16)

A significant fall in the number of qualified early years staff has contributed to a recruitment and retention crisis in the sector, according to the National Day Nurseries Association 2016 Workforce Survey. The.....