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Childcare passport sets out flexible alternative to 'chronic underfunding' of UK childcare

Michaela Mildenhall (16-May-17)

National Day Nurseries Association is calling on the new Government to introduce a ‘Childcare Passport’, which would simplify early years funding putting parents back in control of funding streams. It is hoped that having one account.....

Labour's election manifesto pledges 'free' childcare for every family in £5bn vow

Melissa McAlees (16-May-17)

Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled his party’s election manifesto for "a fairer, more prosperous society for the many, not just the few." The Labour party’s draft manifesto, which was leaked last week, vowed to "overhaul.....

Every reception child in England to be given book with message of inclusivity

Michaela Mildenhall (15-May-17)

Every reception child in England is to receive a free book about a bear in a bee onesie, chosen by the charity BookTrust for its strong storytelling attributes, a relatable school setting and a clear message about inclusivity. There.....

Nurseries urge political parties to put childcare at the heart of their manifestos

Melissa McAlees (12-May-17)

Three of the country’s largest childcare representative organisations have written an open letter to all political parties urging them not to pledge promises that the sector cannot deliver. National Day Nurseries.....

Labour's leaked manifesto draft pledges to 'overhaul' childcare system

Melissa McAlees (11-May-17)

A draft of Labour's general election manifesto 'For the many not the few', has been leaked, which includes plans to "overhaul the existing childcare system." Details of the 'supposed' manifesto were leaked.....

Hands-on fathers help babies learn faster, study finds

Melissa Mcalees (11-May-17)

Fathers who interact more with their babies in the first few months of their life have a positive impact on their learning and development, new research suggests. Researchers from Imperial College London,.....

Peter Andre apologises for criticising nurseries not planning to offer 30-hours 'free' childcare

Melissa McAlees (10-May-17)

Admitting that he "wasn’t fully briefed," Peter Andre has apologised for criticising nurseries not planning to offer the 30-hours of 'free' childcare. In his new! magazine column, the singer said he was upset.....

Upset toddlers protest against council's nursery rent rises

Angeline Albert (05-May-17)

Young voters waving banners took to the streets outside Tower Hamlets Council to protest against rules that ban non-profit nurseries from getting an 80 per cent discount on rent. Two, three and four-year-olds.....

Children's emotional resilience boosted by mums taking folic acid supplements during pregnancy

Sue Learner (04-May-17)

Mums can improve their child’s emotional intelligence and resilience by taking folic acid supplements during pregnancy, according to new research. Professor Tony Cassidy from Ulster University, who presented.....

Explaining nursery vandalism to children 'was the hardest thing'

Michaela Mildenhall (03-May-17)

Teenagers caused an estimated £700 worth of damage over the bank holiday weekend to a playground at a nursery in Oswestry in Shropshire. Staff at the Kidszone Oswestry nursery at the Eastern Oswestry Community.....

Exhausted new parents lose out on over 650 hours sleep a year

Melissa McAlees (28-Apr-17)

Sleep deprivation is the most stressful challenge about becoming a parent, new research has revealed. According to children’s reading charity BookTrust, new parents are completely sleep deprived in the child’s.....

Millions of children go hungry during school holidays, report finds

Melissa McAlees (25-Apr-17)

As many as three million children are at risk of going hungry during the school holidays, with some "surviving on stodgy, unhealthy diets bought to fill hungry stomachs," a cross-party group of MPs and peers has warned. The.....

Well-known children's author visits nursery to celebrate good storytelling

Michaela Mildenhall (24-Apr-17)

Ian Whybrow, the prolific author of classic children’s books such as The Flying Diggers and Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, led a fun-filled masterclass in storytelling to eager young listeners, parents and staff at a Busy Bees.....

Tributes paid to 'inspirational' nursery manager found strangled to death

Melissa McAlees (24-Apr-17)

An outpouring of tributes have been paid to a much-loved nursery manager who was strangled to death by her 'controlling' husband. Chrissy Kendall’s lifeless body was found by her son Ryan, at their home in.....

New £30k nursery playground helps girl with cerebral palsy develop 'I can' attitude

Michaela Mildenhall (20-Apr-17)

A little girl with cerebral palsy who had life-changing surgery to help her walk without a wheelchair, is now able to develop her physical skills because of a nursery's new ‘super-playground’. The outside area of the Clockwork.....

Government urged to halt 'unforgiveable' closures of children's playgrounds

Sue Learner (13-Apr-17)

In just two years, over 200 children’s playgrounds have been closed by local authorities across England, according to new research. A study carried out by the Association of Play Industries (API) has revealed.....

Lack of childcare 'to blame' for London having lowest number of working mums

Sue Learner (12-Apr-17)

London has the lowest number of working mums out of any region in the UK, with a think tank claiming this is due in part to seventy per cent of London’s boroughs not having enough childcare for working parents. London.....

'Free school meals for all' under a Labour government

Michaela Mildenhall (07-Apr-17)

Shadow leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced that under a Labour Government, free school meals would be available to all state-educated primary children, regardless of age. Labour would fund the £1bn plans,.....

Busy Bees celebrate a year of 'exceptional moments' at national awards ceremony

Michaela Mildenhall (06-Apr-17)

Staff members from Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd arrived in force to witness awards being presented to exceptional individuals and nurseries within the group. Over 400 staff from all across Britain attended the event, which saw staff applauding.....

More than 1,000 nurseries are next to illegally polluted roads

Melissa McAlees (05-Apr-17)

More than 1,000 nurseries in England are within 150m of roads that break legal limits for air pollution, new research suggests. While the majority of nurseries close to polluted roads are in London, research.....