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Stigma of 'disadvantaged' label deters parents from applying for early years pupil premium

Sue Learner (19-Jul-17)

The fear of their child being labelled as ‘disadvantaged’ is deterring parents from applying for the early years pupil premium, according to nurseries. The early years pupil premium (EYPP) was introduced.....

Toddler Yoga: 'Every nursery should have one staff member trained'

Angeline Albert (19-Jul-17)

“Children are natural yogis they are so flexible and can do the downward dog very easily” says toddler yoga instructor Beth Hopkins who believes nurseries have nothing to lose by getting a staff member trained up in the art......

Nursery's heartwarming generosity feeds London's homeless

Melissa McAlees (18-Jul-17)

An East London nursery has been teaching children the value of sharing and helping others by preparing hot meals for the homeless. Scallywags Nursery in Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, sets time aside every.....

Brexit, the National Living Wage and 30 hours: How healthy is today's nursery market?

Michaela Mildenhall (06-Jul-17)

This year has seen many challenges thrown at the nursery market with the National Living Wage put up to £7.50 per hour in April, 30 hours ‘free’ childcare being introduced in September and the recent Brexit negotiations already underway. So.....

Robert Goodwill announced as the new childcare minister

Melissa McAlees (27-Jun-17)

Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, has been appointed as the new minister at the Department for Education (DfE) and will take on responsibility for early years and childcare. The announcement.....

Early years teacher who was mute as a child 'finds voice' writing stories for young children

Michaela Mildenhall (23-Jun-17)

Early years teacher, Diane King, has revealed how she set up a picture book publishing company to help give children the voice she never had. Up until the age of seven, Ms King had severe communication problems.....

What does it take to be a nursery manager?

Michaela Mildenhall (21-Jun-17)

Melanie Lockyer is the nursery manager at Tops Day Nursery Gillingham and admits she "loves seeing children complete a task that they’ve been struggling with" or see "staff complete a new qualification which makes a difference to.....

Grenfell Tower Fire: Nursery lost everything but its children are safe

Angeline Albert (19-Jun-17)

“They are suffering now” - these are the words of one woman describing the staff of a nursery, based on the ground floor of the burnt out high rise that is on everyone’s lips...Grenfell Tower. Up to 600 people.....

Nurseries to get guidance on supporting children who think they are 'too fat'

Sue Learner (12-Jun-17)

With nearly a quarter of childcare practitioners witnessing anxiety by children aged between three and five over their weight and body image, a guide has been developed to help them support children’s self-esteem. The.....

General Election: 'Our children and the Cinderella early years workforce deserve better,' say nursery leaders

Melissa McAlees (02-Jun-17)

Chronic underfunding and the emphasis on 'school readiness' and assessment are just some of the issues the nursery sector would like to see addressed by the new Government. Yet so far, it seems the sector’s.....

A day in the life of a nursery apprentice

Melissa McAlees (01-Jun-17)

Nursery apprentice Amber Mabey, who has always wanted to work with children, is the latest employee to join the Tops Day Nursery - Lymington All Saints team. The 19-year-old is currently working towards a Level 2 qualification in.....

Tuning into 'terrible twos': what do their behaviours really mean?

Melissa McAlees (31-May-17)

The toddler years have a reputation for being difficult. Often referred to as the ‘terrible twos’, it can be a trying time for both parents and nursery practitioners. Tamsin Grimmer, an early years consultant.....

Early years expert Alistair Bryce-Clegg to open Childcare Expo Manchester

Sue Learner (24-May-17)

Writer and early years expert Alistair Bryce-Clegg is to open this year’s Childcare Expo in Manchester, before he takes to the stage to present his own seminar on letting children lead the learning. This.....

Parent-led nursery offers 'affordable' alternative to childcare

Melissa McAlees (16-May-17)

In Hackney, north east London, professionals at Grasshoppers in The Park work alongside parents to create childcare that is cheaper than a private nursery. The parent-led co-operative approach is commonly used in.....

Top ten tips to support language development in the early years

Melissa McAlees (09-May-17)

A child’s ability to communicate defines them. It is one of the ways they are judged and measured by others and the means by which they forge relationships. It is well documented that the ability to communicate.....

Redressing the balance: How to get more men working in your nursery

Sue Learner (27-Apr-17)

Men make up a tiny two per cent of the early years workforce yet the benefits of children having a male nursery worker can be huge, especially to children of one parent families who may not have a good male role model. They can also.....

A day in the life of a Forest School leader

Melissa McAlees (26-Apr-17)

The Forest School ethos is based upon developing self-esteem, confidence, independence and responsibility in children of all ages and ability. Achieved through stimulating and hands-on outdoor experiences, its aim is not to replace.....

'Swimwear Barbie not banned' says man behind Scotland's first Islamic nursery

Angeline Albert (26-Apr-17)

The founder of Little Wonders in Glasgow, Scotland’s first Islamic nursery, insists it is ‘not that different from other nurseries’, with children and staff of all faiths and all toys including Barbie welcome. Happy.....

Making a difference in the early years: What does it take to be a good leader?

Melissa McAlees (29-Mar-17)

Leadership in early years is a complex concept and its role in quality provision can often be misunderstood. Given the challenge of current multi-disciplinary service provision, early years practitioners.....

Being a man in childcare: 'I am quite happy to dress up as a princess if the occasion calls for it'

Melissa McAlees (24-Mar-17)

In recent years, it has become more widely accepted that there are men working in nurseries and preschools across the UK, yet still only two per cent of the childcare workforce are actually male. Alan Crawford.....