Day Nursery & Nursery School News

MPs to look at impact of childcare on the economy

Melissa McAlees (05-Jan-18)

The Treasury Select Committee, which is chaired by former education secretary Nicky Morgan, has launched a new inquiry into how childcare can affect the economy. The committee of cross-party MPs will consider.....

Parents criticise Government's 100-calorie snack campaign as 'a step too far'

Melissa McAlees (04-Jan-18)

A new healthy eating campaign launched by Public Health England (PHE) has left many parents ‘furious’ with its ‘unrealistic’ guidelines. With latest research showing that children consume at least three.....

Scientists discover babies can 'learn to walk' at 10 weeks

Michaela Chirgwin (02-Jan-18)

Ten-week-old babies practice learning to walk by ‘reflex walking’, according to new research by Lancaster University. Two sets of infants took part in the study which was published in Neuropsychologia. One.....

Parents told to limit children's snacks to 100 calories

Melissa McAlees (02-Jan-18)

Children should be limited to two snacks of no more than 100 calories per day, a health body has warned. According to Public Health England (PHE), young children are consuming at least three unhealthy snacks.....

Christmas card-making unites nursery children with care home's elderly

Angeline Albert (22-Dec-17)

The season of goodwill and a love of card-making has brought three-and four-year-old children from a West Sussex nursery to ninety-year-olds living in a care home nearby. As well as helping each other create.....

Princess Charlotte attends 'traditional nursery school' with 'high standards' and 'good manners'

Sue Learner (18-Dec-17)

Princess Charlotte began attending The Willcocks Nursery School in London on 8 January, confirm the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The nursery school, which charges termly fees of £3,050 for morning sessions.....

Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds returns for Christmas special

Melissa McAlees (14-Dec-17)

Old People’s Home for 4 Year olds - Channel 4’s heart-warming documentary series about intergenerational care - will be returning to our television screens once again for an hour-long Christmas special. The festive return will.....

More Welsh nurseries get business rate exemption

Melissa McAlees (13-Dec-17)

More than 100 childcare providers in Wales will be exempt from paying business rates from April next year, the Welsh Secretary for Finance has announced. Under the new scheme, the upper threshold for business.....

Former nursery group boss on 2017 list of '100 Women to Watch'

Sue Learner (13-Dec-17)

Carole Edmond, who used to be in charge of the Bright Horizons nursery group and founded Bupa Childcare, is on the 2017 list of ‘100 Women to Watch’. The list features outstanding female leaders from a broad.....

Peppa Pig criticised for 'unrealistic expectations' of GPs

Melissa McAlees (12-Dec-17)

Children’s television programme, Peppa Pig, has been blamed for contributing to patients’ ‘unrealistic expectations’ of what they can expect from their GP, including taking phone calls out of working hours and making inappropriate.....

Traffic pollution is putting unborn babies' health at risk

Melissa McAlees (11-Dec-17)

Air pollution from road traffic is having a detrimental impact upon babies' health before they are born, new research reveals. The findings published in the BMJ suggest exposure to traffic pollution during.....

Government 'must act' as children's centres' funding drops by half

Sue Learner (08-Dec-17)

The charity Barnardo’s is calling on the Government to save children’s centres, after figures showed funding has been cut from £1.2bn to around £0.6bn in the last six years. Budgets for children’s centres.....

Babies that self-wean are not at higher risk of choking

Sue Learner (07-Dec-17)

Letting babies self-wean and feed themselves solid foods, rather than be spoon-fed by an adult, does not increase their risk of choking, according to a new study. The research from Swansea University found.....

Top nurseries have 'more highly trained practitioners' and 'higher staff to child ratios'

Sue Learner (07-Dec-17)

High quality nurseries have staff that are better trained and more qualified, as well as a low staff turnover and a higher staff to child ratio. As part of the Study of Early Education and Development (SEED),.....

Prime Minister told 'free' childcare policy has forced nursery owner 'to sell her home'

Sue Learner (06-Dec-17)

At this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour MP Ruth George raised the issue of nurseries struggling to stay financially afloat due to the 30 hours ‘free’ childcare offer, revealing that one nursery owner is being forced to 'sell.....

Universal Credit will determine which two-year-olds are eligible for 'free' childcare

Sue Learner (05-Dec-17)

Universal Credit, which is replacing six existing benefits and merging them into one, will be used to determine which disadvantaged two-year-olds are eligible for ‘free’ childcare. The controversial welfare.....

Babies try harder to communicate if parents make direct eye contact

Sue Learner (04-Dec-17)

When a parent gazes into their baby’s eyes, both the parent's and the baby's brains will respond and synchronise with one another, preparing them for communication and making learning more effective, according to a new study. Researchers.....

Nurseries reach out to care home leaders to fight for young and old

Angeline Albert (04-Dec-17)

Nursery managers are working to join forces with residential and nursing home owners to end the ‘national disgrace’ of underfunding against the young and old. Nursery manager Jo Morris, the spokeswoman for.....

Government publishes new National Living Wage, but smaller nurseries could suffer

Michaela Chirgwin (29-Nov-17)

Today the Government has accepted new recommendations from the Low Pay Commission report, which will apply from April 2018. The suggested increases, however, have come in for some criticism from the nursery sector......

Childbase raise £140,000 to provide equipment for disabled children

Michaela Chirgwin (29-Nov-17)

Staff at Childbase Partnership nurseries have been working together to raise a whopping £140,000 for charity. Over 100 staff, including managers, nursery workers and directors raised £12,000 of the total amount by spending the night.....