Day Nursery & Nursery School News

'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' report shows UK is failing its children

Richard Howard, News Editor (16-Feb-12)

England is failing its young children on 'a grand scale' as the gap between poor and rich widens, according to a landmark report. New figures out to mark the second anniversary of the release of the Marmot Review Fair Society,.....

Court Oak Kindergarten becomes latest Bright Horizons acquisition

Richard Howard, News Editor (16-Feb-12)

Court Oak Kindergarten in Harborne has been bought by Bright Horizons, one of the UK’s largest childcare providers. The nursery, which is registered for 58 children, had previously been run independently by husband and wife team,.....

Busy Bees Centres of Excellence showcase quality nursery practice

Richard Howard, News Editor (16-Feb-12)

Seven Busy Bees nurseries have been selected as ‘Centres of Excellence’ to showcase to other nursery professionals in the nursery chain how childcare and early years education can achieve its full potential. The business currently.....

Sport Relief free early years activity kits available now!

Rachel Baker, News Editor (13-Feb-12)

It’s the year of the Olympics and with an exciting year of sport ahead, what better way to get pre-schoolers interested in sport and charity than by taking part in Sport Relief. Supported by Waybuloo, the early years’ activity day.....

True North Productions invite families with dreams of a new life to take part in factual programme

Richard Howard, News Editor (10-Feb-12)

The ability of families to be able to set up their own business is the motivation behind a True North Productions programme soon to enter development, to be broadcast on Channel 4. The production company are appealing for families.....

Chancellor focuses on UK's youngest generation during tough Autumn Statement

Richard Howard, News Editor (01-Dec-11)

The education sector has warmly welcomed Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement of a £650 programme that will be aimed towards ensuring that children from the poorest homes have access to at least 15 hours of free childcare a week......

Availability of childcare provision a growing concern

Richard Howard, News Editor (09-Nov-11)

Education inspectorate Ofsted have recently reported that a fall in childminders in England has finally begun to reverse, with figures now showing an increase since September of last year. However, still no ground has been made in.....

Childcare experts looking to promote outdoor activities as essential for early years development

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Sep-11)

Estyn, the Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales, this month released its ‘Outdoor Learning’ evaluation, based upon observations of children under 5 years of age. The study looked to establish the results of investment.....

CareData: cut down on market research with this rich information source

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Aug-11)

Our new sister site caredata.co.uk is an unrivalled research tool for businesses that rely on the nursery and early years childcare sectors for product placement and longevity, providing in-depth information of the customer base that.....

UK parenting standards need as much scrutiny as teaching

Richard Howard, News Editor (08-Aug-11)

Despite education standards falling under the spotlight, after a report released last week showed how more and more children are struggling with the ‘three Rs’ and are believed to be dragging down both pupils and teacher ambitions,.....

The growing challenges of child deprivation

Richard Howard, News Editor (09-Jun-11)

Throughout its argument for deficit reduction and the resulting public sector cuts, the Coalition Government has often defended its actions through questioning our responsibility to upcoming generations, upon whom it would be unfair.....

Nursery sector now better placed to achieve personalised childcare

Richard Howard, News Editor (18-Apr-11)

The Early Years Foundation Stage, subject to an Ofsted report published in February, has been judged in a positive light, complimented for having supported the childcare sector in driving up improvements and aiding quality, leading.....

Some notable day nursery and childcare-related developments of 2010

Richard Howard (31-Jan-11)

2010 was an eventful year and for many sectors, including childcare, looks likely to signal a change of direction, with the Coalition Government clearly being keen on playing a reforming role during its early years. Aside from the.....

Early Years standards not immune from criticism despite the wider teaching problems apparent

Richard Howard (29-Nov-10)

Education standards and early learning is another subject on which Coalition MPs are looking to highlight the failures of 13 years of Labour Government. As key early years policies are being developed, the Conservatives and Liberal.....

Has childcare been protected against any negative effects of the spending review?

Richard Howard (26-Oct-10)

Last Wednesday childcare was, along with social care for the elderly, one of the priorities of the Coalition Government’s spending review, which otherwise came with the message that ‘everyone will contribute’ to paying off the ‘black.....

Day nursery sector only one of many throughout the UK gearing up for a wave of cuts

Richard Howard (27-Sep-10)

Helen Goodman, the shadow work and pensions minister, has defended the last Labour’s Government’s child poverty strategy, during a speech at this week’s Labour Conference, though admitted that more should be done in particular to.....

Is the Coalition Government preparing for new battles over childcare?

Richard Howard (24-Sep-10)

Earning credit for political decisions seems to be an ever more complicated task in the current climate, with no issue sacrosanct from the venom of opposing parties regardless of whether recent times had seen them become the subject.....