Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Young children 'still exceeding' daily sugar recommendation

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (12-Sep-16)

Children aged four to ten are consuming twice as much sugar as they should, while older children have three times the recommended daily amount, a major survey has revealed. According to the National Diet.....

Pre-school Learning Alliance launches interactive funding calculator for early years providers

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (09-Sep-16)

Nurseries now have an online calculator to help them understand how proposed changes to early years funding are likely to affect them next year. The Pre-school Learning Alliance’s tool requires practitioners.....

'Time to Read' campaign urges parents to share more reading experiences with young children

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (08-Sep-16)

To mark International Literacy Day (8 September), BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, launched its first ‘Time to Read’ campaign to encourage families to spend more time reading together, even when children are.....

Nurseries get chance to quiz Government about funding

Angeline Albert, News Editor (08-Sep-16)

Childcare providers are being given the go ahead to quiz Department for Education officials about the Government’s funding formula consultation. Those in the early years sector can attend one of a number.....

Nursery chain launches campaign encouraging parents to never miss a 'wow moment'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (06-Sep-16)

Busy Bees Childcare is launching a campaign to bring nursery staff and parents closer together, ensuring they never miss important milestones or ‘wow moments’ while away from their children. Research carried.....

Over 3,000 nursery children affected after childcare charity enters administration

Angeline Albert, News Editor (05-Sep-16)

Financial difficulties affecting 4Children, the charity which cares for 3,200 children in its nurseries, has led to the business being wound up. The charity which had 142 children’s settings across Britain,.....

Number of nurseries going bust this year rises by 81%

Angeline Albert, News Editor (31-Aug-16)

Nursery closures have almost doubled in the last year having risen by 81 per cent, new figures reveal. No less than 29 nurseries became insolvent in England and Wales in 2015/16 compared with just 16.....

Outstanding nursery to charge 75p per hour extra for 'free childcare'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (30-Aug-16)

The owner of an Ofsted-rated Outstanding nursery will charge working parents 75p an hour extra when their child becomes eligible for the Government’s 30 hours ‘free’ childcare and says other nurseries are taking similiar steps to.....

Lifelike baby dolls designed to stop teenage girls getting pregnant are having opposite effect

Sue Learner, Editor (26-Aug-16)

A popular intervention programme, where teenage girls are given a lifelike baby doll to look after, so they can see how hard and tiring it can be caring for a baby, has been found to have the opposite effect. The.....

Children 1st Day Nurseries on the expansion trail

Sue Learner, Editor (25-Aug-16)

Children 1st Day Nurseries, the largest family owned nursery group in the UK, now has 20 early years settings, following the acquisition of two Leek nurseries. The two nurseries located on Buxton Road and.....

Early years students anxiously await GCSE results

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (24-Aug-16)

GCSE students across the UK are anxiously waiting to collect their GCSE results on Thursday (25 August) and make choices about their futures. Across the country, nursery practitioners will also be finding out if they have passed.....

Ofsted chief resigns over 'offensive and damaging' Isle of Wight comments

Sue Learner, Editor (23-Aug-16)

David Hoare, chair of Ofsted, has resigned, following a furore over comments he made saying the Isle of Wight was a ghetto where there was inbreeding, high unemployment and high crime rates. Mr Hoare who.....

Tips for preparing children for starting school

Sue Learner, Editor (22-Aug-16)

It is now only just over a week to go until thousands of four-year-olds start their first day at school. It can be a hugely daunting time both for the child and their parents but there are certain things.....

Rio Olympics 2016 fever grips children across Britain

Angeline Albert, News Editor (19-Aug-16)

Children as young as one have been kitted out in sporty attire, had their ‘support staff’ apply sunscreen and got active in a series of races in honour of Team GB’s Olympic success in Rio. Double Triathlon.....

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile will remain statutory to provide 'continuity and stability'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (17-Aug-16)

The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP), which was due to become non-statutory from September 2016, will continue to be mandatory for the 2016-2017 academic year. According to the Standards and Testing.....

Nursery raises over £300 for childhood bereavement charity

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (12-Aug-16)

Busy Bees children’s nursery at Derby Heatherton invited members of the local community to a family-friendly summer fete to help raise money for charity. Children, parents and families gathered at the nursery,.....

Nursery awarded Silver Catering Mark for forming positive eating habits in children

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (09-Aug-16)

Blue Door Nursery is the first independent nursery in Wales to receive a Silver Catering Mark by the Soil Association, a prestigious award which recognises the provision of healthy, sustainable food. The Cardiff.....

Family-owned nursery group invests £1.2m, creating 50 childcare jobs

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (08-Aug-16)

A Bradford-based day nursery group is investing £1.2m after acquiring two new sites that will create 50 jobs as the business continues to implement its growth plan. Established in 2001 by husband and wife.....

Thérèse Coffey to oversee rural childcare, skills and health as DEFRA Minister

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (08-Aug-16)

As part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (DEFRA) Rural Life Opportunities Brief, it has been announced that improving childcare provision in rural areas is now the responsibility of Environment Minister Thérèse.....

NDNA launches new course to help childcare practitioners raise quality of teaching

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (04-Aug-16)

The National Day Nurseries Association has launched a new course ‘Quality Teaching in the Early Years’ to help early years professionals to embrace their role as teachers, raising the quality of teaching to highlight to Ofsted the.....