Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Study reveals fun activities with parents can boost a child's academic success

Angeline Albert (24-Nov-17)

Getting mums and dads actively involved in fun learning activities can advance their child’s academic abilities, a study carried out in schools suggests. Counting star jumps and fishing ducks out of the.....

Pudsey Bear takes tour of nurseries to thank children for fundraising

Angeline Albert (20-Nov-17)

After a week of fundraising activities at nurseries up and down the country with Pudsey Bear-themed paintings, bake sales, all day sing-a-thons and fancy dress days, it was time for a BBC Children In Need celebrity to drop into a.....

Nursery children banned from using glitter

Sue Learner (17-Nov-17)

At a time of year, when children are making Christmas cards sprinkled with shiny glitter, a nursery boss has taken the decision to ban it from all of her 19 nurseries, due to the damage it is doing to the environment. Cheryl.....

Charity calendar will still go on sale despite tragic death of baby

Sue Learner (16-Nov-17)

A charity calendar produced to raise money for a number of baby charities, will still go on sale, despite one of the calendar photos featuring a baby who has tragically died days before the launch. Millie.....

Over 100,000 sign petition against Government shutdown of Childcare Vouchers

Melissa McAlees (09-Nov-17)

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for Childcare Vouchers to be kept open alongside Tax-Free Childcare (TFC), meaning the issue will be considered for debate in Parliament. Childcare.....

Nursery offered vaccinations after Hepatitis A outbreak

Melissa McAlees (09-Nov-17)

Vaccinations are being offered to 40 people associated with a day nursery after a child contracted Hepatitis A. The child who attends the Fun Days Day Nursery in Rhyl, Wales, contracted the virus following a family.....

Sacked Welsh childcare minister found dead

Michaela Chirgwin (07-Nov-17)

The Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant, has been found dead, having committed suicide at his house in Connah's Quay, Flintshire, less than a week after he was suspended from his role in the Welsh Government......

Most mums spend little time with children and more time working

Angeline Albert (01-Nov-17)

A poll of 1,000 parents has revealed more than half of mums (59 per cent) spend little time with their children because they must prioritise their job to provide for their families. New research has found.....

Wales urged to follow Scotland's lead and ditch business rates for nurseries

Sue Learner (01-Nov-17)

The Welsh Government is being urged to follow in the footsteps of Scotland and scrap business rates for nurseries in Wales. The Scottish Government announced in September, that from 1 April 2018, private.....

Parents still in the dark about 'unsafe' Halloween costumes

Michaela Mildenhall (31-Oct-17)

This Halloween, childcare and safety experts are warning that regulations for children’s Halloween costumes are still nowhere near stringent enough, and are calling for parents and early years practitioners to be aware of the dangers. Melanie.....

New initiative in Wales to support young unemployed into childcare career

Sue Learner (30-Oct-17)

A new programme has been launched in Wales to support young unemployed people into a career within the early years and childcare sector. The initiative is being run by National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA).....

Forest schools give children a 'positive mindset towards school'

Sue Learner (30-Oct-17)

Forest schools are a growing phenomenon in nurseries and primary schools in the UK, with a new study revealing they help develop collaborative learning skills as well as practical skills and an appreciation for the outdoors. Researchers.....

'Baby talk' plays important role in language learning

Sue Learner (13-Oct-17)

‘Baby talk’ may sound silly to adults, but researchers have now found that it plays an important role in language learning and highlighting the structure of language. Researchers from Princeton University.....

Toddlers' fingertip injuries can cause lifelong pain and disfigurement

Michaela Mildenhall (13-Oct-17)

Fingertip injuries are the most common hand injury seen by plastic and reconstructive surgeons, with toddlers most at risk, and doctors are now warning they can lead to lifelong pain, disfigurement and even depression. Around.....

Sleeping on your back while pregnant can increase stillbirth risk

Sue Learner (12-Oct-17)

Pregnant mums are being warned not to sleep on their backs during late pregnancy, as it can increase the risk of stillbirth. The research carried out by Auckland University investigated the sleep positions.....

Nurseries offered free business support

Sue Learner (10-Oct-17)

Nurseries can now take advantage of free business support and assessment tools as well as a network for sharing best practice. The Early Years Business Zone website which has been put together by National.....

Childcare leaders export 'outstanding' nursery expertise to China

Angeline Albert (09-Oct-17)

UK childcare experts have returned from the Government’s first early years education trade mission to China and have attracted Chinese delegates back to check out British nurseries. The Department for.....

Dolly Parton launches Story Starters in London to prepare children for reading at school

Melissa McAlees (06-Oct-17)

US country singer and philanthropist Dolly Parton launched Story Starters at Coram Campus in London today, a volunteer-led programme designed to give nursery children the essential skills to start primary school ready to read. Story.....

Children's food expert, Annabel Karmel, helps nursery lead the way on healthy eating

Melissa McAlees (06-Oct-17)

Bestselling author and food expert Annabel Karmel, has partnered up with a nursery in Wanstead to design a healthy menu that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. Recognised throughout the country for devising.....

Scientists to explore if delivering big babies earlier will reduce birthing problems

Sue Learner (27-Sep-17)

Academics are to carry out research to discover if delivering big babies earlier, before the pregnancy has reached full term, will reduce complications that can occur during the birth. If a baby is larger.....