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UK’s only co-operative nursery provider adds two more nurseries to its growing chain

Sue Learner, News Editor (13-Mar-12)

The Co-operative Childcare nursery chain has acquired two nurseries in Leamington Spa as part of its expansion programme. The Banana Moon nurseries at Upper Grove Street and Spencer Street have joined the leading ethical childcare.....

Free distance learning packages available for Pre-School Learning Alliance members

Richard Howard, News Editor (12-Mar-12)

The Pre-School Learning Alliance has announced that free training packages are being made available for its 14,000 members, thanks to a partnership deal with training provider EduCare. Day nurseries across England can enrol.....

Charity 4Children to take over seven children's centres in Hampshire

Richard Howard, News Editor (09-Mar-12)

4Children, a national charity for children and families, has confirmed it will take over the running of seven children’s centres in Hampshire, after the local council agreed to an innovative new collaboration. With an approach.....

Sure Start children's centres to undergo payment-by-results trial

Richard Howard, News Editor (08-Mar-12)

The Department of Education has announced that a number of local authorities have been selected in order to trial whether ‘payment by results’ can improve the contribution of Sure Start Children’s Centres. The trialling will.....

A Childbase Partnership nursery is one of the Sunday Times' best top 100 companies to work for

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-Mar-12)

A Childbase Partnership nursery has made it into the top 100 Best Companies to Work For, as listed by the Sunday Times. Performing highly in 13th position, Woodlands Day Nursery is a Milton Keynes nursery that has been successful.....

Parents' protest in Huddersfield wins support of local council

Richard Howard, News Editor (06-Mar-12)

Kirklees councillors have announced they will hold a meeting on Tuesday, 13 March in order to agree on future plans for children’s centres and family support services. The council’s plans to cut Sure Start centres had only.....

Government proposes new 'core purposes' in revised Sure Start guidance

Richard Howard, News Editor (06-Mar-12)

The Department for Education has undertaken a consultation on ‘Sure Start Children’s Centres Statutory Guidance’, in order to clarify the role of local authorities when fulfilling their role under the Childcare Act 2006. The.....

Child benefit 'anomalies' to be ironed out, says Nick Clegg

Richard Howard, News Editor (05-Mar-12)

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today looked to calm fears that the Coalition’s child benefit plans will prove unfair to single earners, having accepted that amendments need to be made in order to avoid ‘unintended consequences’. The.....

Single parent charity Gingerbread ‘shocked’ by child maintenance report

Rachel Baker, News Editor (01-Mar-12)

Gingerbread, the national charity providing advice and practical support for single parents is ‘shocked’ by the revelations of the National Audit Office report - ‘Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Cost Reduction.’ Gingerbread’s.....

Statement from Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts on child maintenance

Rachel Baker, News Editor (01-Mar-12)

The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts responds on child maintenance reductions by saying: ‘It is extremely worrying that the CMEC plans for cost reduction rely so heavily on charging single parents.....

National Audit Office say child maintenance reductions are a risk

Rachel Baker, News Editor (01-Mar-12)

Plans by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission to reduce its spending are high risk, according to the National Audit Office commenting on the NAO report ‘Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Cost Reduction.’ They.....

More support needed to encourage positive feeding habits to families with young children, say experts

Rachel Baker, News Editor (29-Feb-12)

Families with children under three, need better practical support to encourage their children to have positive and healthy eating habits from an early age, warn experts on childhood nutrition and development. The Infant.....

Casterbridge Nurseries awarded ‘One to Watch' rating from Sunday Times awards

Rachel Baker, News Editor (29-Feb-12)

Casterbridge Nurseries have been awarded a ‘One to Watch’ rating from the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For awards. This is the second year running Casterbridge have received this national accolade which involves staff surveys.....

Parents reading with toddlers for over 42 minutes a day

Rachel Baker, News Editor (28-Feb-12)

With World Book Day on Thursday 1 March and the government unveiling plans to boost literacy standards, it’s good news, because parents are enjoying reading with their children! Computer Voucher Services (CVS) – the childcare.....

Busy Bees nurseries raise over 18,000 for Tommy’s charity

Rachel Baker, News Editor (28-Feb-12)

Pre-schoolers at Busy Bees nurseries across the UK raised over £18,000 for Tommy’s charity. The tots were sponsored to put on a show for their friends and families where they showcased their Peppa Pig Bing Bong dance, and they were.....

MPs to question Children’s Minister, Sarah Teather about Sure Start

Rachel Baker, News Editor (28-Feb-12)

As part of their inquiry into the future of Sure Start Children’s Centres, members of the All Party Parliamentary Sure Start Group will be questioning the Children’s Minister, Sarah Teather on Wednesday 29 February in Westminster......

MPs want Government to end the uncertainty over Sure Start

Rachel Baker, News Editor (27-Feb-12)

MPs are concerned that the uncertainty and confusion regarding Sure Start Children’s Centres in England could cause problems for parents getting access to the help and support they need. The members of the Sure Start All.....

New survey by Daycare Trust shows increase in childcare costs

Rachel Baker, News Editor (27-Feb-12)

A survey out today by the Daycare Trust, has highlighted the rise in childcare costs across the country. Nursery costs have risen nearly 6 per cent and 44,000 fewer families are receiving help with childcare costs since April’s tax.....

Labour promises to extend free childcare provision if it keeps control of Glasgow City Council

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Feb-12)

Labour has promised to extend its free childcare provision if it manages to keep control of Glasgow City Council in the local elections. Children in Scotland currently receive 15 hours of funded childcare a week at the beginning.....

Deadline extended for nurseries to register for free space hoppers and balance bikes

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Feb-12)

A scheme giving free sports equipment to nurseries has extended its deadline. The Haven Fun and Fitness sports equipment giveaway includes balance bikes, sports day equipment, cricket bats, racquets, balls, space hoppers and.....