Day Nursery & Nursery School News

Nurseries dispute 'misleading' report that thousands of nursery practitioners are paid less than minimum wage

Sue Learner (17-Mar-17)

National Day Nurseries Association and Pre-School Learning Alliance have disputed a new report which claims 20,000 nursery practitioners are being paid below the minimum wage. Research based on data from.....

Olympic badminton player inspires nursery children to be healthy

Sue Learner (16-Mar-17)

Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms is launching National Day Nurseries Association’s (NDNA) Healthy Body, Happy Me campaign to encourage children to be healthy. Nursery children will be learning all about.....

'Silent killer' of physical inactivity affecting children as young as seven years old

Charley Walker (15-Mar-17)

Researchers have recommended that policy efforts to promote physical activity should begin much earlier in childhood, following a new study that revealed a significant decrease in exercise by the age of seven. Despite.....

Treatment programme for toddlers with speech and language needs gets funding boost

Sue Learner (15-Mar-17)

A new treatment programme for pre-school children with speech and language needs has been given a funding boost of £314,711 by the Nuffield Foundation. Solent NHS Trust will be working with speech and language.....

Vloggers launch #YANA Challenge to combat loneliness among mothers

Charley Walker (14-Mar-17)

Following new findings that 92 per cent of UK mothers feel lonely, YouTube vloggers at ChannelMum.com have launched the #YANA (You Are Not Alone) Challenge to help connect mums online and offline. A poll.....

Number of childcare providers rated Good or Outstanding reaches all-time high

Sue Learner (14-Mar-17)

The number of childcare providers rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted has reached an all-time high, with 93 per cent now achieving this rating. This is up from 91 per cent since 31 August 2016 and up from.....

Babies' lives being put at risk by parents' lack of awareness over cot death

Sue Learner (13-Mar-17)

More than half of parents are still unsure what is the safest position for their baby to sleep, according to a new survey. The research carried out by The Lullaby Trust, found that over 55 per cent of parents.....

Life-threatening sepsis should be treated within one hour, says NICE

Melissa McAlees (10-Mar-17)

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is urging healthcare professionals to treat individuals with life-threatening sepsis symptoms within one hour. In a new draft quality standard,.....

Busy Bees launch #ChuckleChallenge in support of Comic Relief

Melissa McAlees (07-Mar-17)

When it comes to doing something for charity, a gruelling run usually springs to mind, or perhaps an all-night walk in the rain or even giving up a favourite treat. One of the UK’s leading childcare providers,.....

Childbase Partnership named in The Sunday Times '100 best companies to work for'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (06-Mar-17)

One of the country’s largest nursery groups has been honoured in 'The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For' list for 2017. Childbase Partnership, the only childcare provider to be listed, achieved top ten.....

Most parents ban tech before bedtime to read from a story book

Angeline Albert, News Editor (03-Mar-17)

The majority of parents (55 per cent) ban their children from using technology before bed, preferring to read them a bedtime story. The bedtime story tops parents’ list of ‘must-haves’ in their child’s lives,.....

High childcare costs and shortage of places puts nurseries 'in peril'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (02-Mar-17)

Parents are spending up to 45 per cent of their disposable income on childcare costs, new research published by the Family and Childcare Trust (FACT) reveals. Families pay on average £116 per week for a.....

Flipping marvellous: Pancake races get pre-schoolers egg-cited

Angeline Albert, News Editor (28-Feb-17)

The 28 February was no ordinary day for children across the land who had their tastebuds tingling for this year's annual pancake day. As Shrove Tuesday approached, it would have been an unfortunate mishap.....

Nurseries blast off for British Science Week

Charley Walker, News Editor (28-Feb-17)

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is encouraging nurseries across the UK to stage a mass fizzy rocket launch for British Science Week. Under fives will be encouraged to switch their minds on to science.....

Misdiagnosis of SEND diverting support away from children with genuine needs

Charley Walker, News Editor (24-Feb-17)

Pressure from parents is resulting in misdiagnoses of special education needs and disabilities while children with genuine problems are overlooked, new research has revealed. More than half of teachers believe.....

Nurseries warned to look out for excessive clinginess as part of proposed new guidelines to help spot abuse

Sue Learner, Editor (22-Feb-17)

New guidelines are being drawn up to help nursery practitioners, teachers and social workers spot warning signs of abuse or neglect and put in interventions to stop it. The advice from NICE (National Institute.....

FGM play will help nurseries and children's centres tackle female genital mutilation

Sue Learner, Editor (20-Feb-17)

An interactive play, Bloodlines, is travelling around the country as part of an FGM training day for staff from nurseries, children's centres and schools. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure carried.....

Author and illustrator Nick Sharratt urges dads to spend more time reading with their children

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (15-Feb-17)

Award-winning illustrator and author Nick Sharratt is backing a new reading campaign to encourage more parents, particularly dads, to read with their children. ‘Read Manchester’ has been launched by The National.....

'Outstanding' nurseries have 'tiny effect' on children's attainment

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (14-Feb-17)

Attending a nursery with highly qualified staff or an 'outstanding' Ofsted rating has a limited impact on a child’s educational achievement, according to new research. The report titled 'Nursery Quality:.....

NICE urges GPs to assess mental health of all pregnant and postnatal women

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (13-Feb-17)

Pregnant women and new mothers should be given more support and guidance surrounding their mental health, according to a new report by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). NICE is.....