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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.....

'Mum, I need porridge for breakfast and broccoli for dinner, I can't poo!': Rainbow Fairy gets children to like fruit and veg

Charley Walker (16-Mar-17)

With four and a half years and almost 600 workshops under her belt, the Rainbow Fairy (otherwise known as Natasha Gavin, founder of I Know Why It’s Yum, Mum!) can make teachers’ and parents’ jaws drop as they witness the fussiest.....

'Children are being reared in captivity', claims childhood expert

Sue Learner (15-Mar-17)

For the last two generations, childhood has been characterised by adult control and shrinking freedoms, with childhood play expert Tim Gill, claiming that children now are “effectively being reared in captivity”. Mr.....

Girl Power: Picture book inspires girls 'to fly'

Sue Learner (10-Mar-17)

A new picture book published on International Women’s Day, is bucking the princess theme and has opted instead to inspire young girls with a tale about a girl pilot called Jane who goes on a journey packed with travel and adventure. 'Pilot.....

'The magic of awe and wonder never runs out at the seaside' says Beach School founder

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (27-Feb-17)

Jumping over waves, paddling in coves, living out desert island fantasies, toasting marshmallows and simply feeling the mud and sand between their toes are just some of the exciting adventures, young children get to experience during.....

Our goldfish went 'on holiday': Should children get lessons on death?

Angeline Albert, News Editor (27-Feb-17)

When a three-year-old girl’s pet goldfish died, it was replaced with another fish, no questions asked. When the second fish suffered the same fate, it was substituted with a third fish. Unfortunately, that died too. Sometime.....

Early years language tutor with a 'Spanish soul' teaches 'the tour guides of the future'

Charley Walker, News Editor (16-Feb-17)

Young children are said to be ‘geniuses’ when it comes to learning languages. Babies can discriminate between the sounds of different languages, something which monolingual adults cannot do, making it easier for young children to.....

Nursery review ratings now showing in Google search results

Sue Learner, Editor (03-Feb-17)

Parents looking for a nursery in Google search results, can now see at a glance, a nursery’s rating and how many reviews it has. Leaving your child in someone else’s care can be extremely hard for parents.....

Mum drives 44 miles so her son can attend UK's first zoo nursery

Sue Learner, Editor (02-Feb-17)

A mum has revealed she drives 44 miles a day so her son Jake can attend the Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo, where the day includes visiting the tigers, learning about snow leopards and exploring the South Downs. The.....

A day in the life of a Makaton teacher

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (01-Feb-17)

"When I ask myself the question, 'What is it like being a Makaton teacher?' I immediately think it is a profession that allows you to be creative, and work with a variety of different individuals. Each day brings with it a new beginning,.....

Early years minister set to open Childcare Expo in London

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (30-Jan-17)

Early years minister Caroline Dinenage will be heading to London Olympia on 3 and 4 March to welcome visitors to Childcare Expo. With changes to early years funding, an increase in the National Living Wage,.....

Nurseries urged to provide a 'safe space' for boys to wear pink and girls to be builders

Charley Walker, News Editor (25-Jan-17)

From birth, we have different expectations placed upon us depending on whether we are male or female. Boys and girls tend to be brought up differently from birth, with blue clothes and action toys bought for boys and pink clothes.....

Love in a time of childcare: Kids and their crushes

Angeline Albert, News Editor (18-Jan-17)

Three-year-old Frederick thinks love is when “Mummy gives me a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” and three-year-old Hettie says it is when "Mummy packs my lunchbox". With Valentine's Day looming, daynurseries.co.uk has been finding out.....

Great-grandmother with dementia achieves lifelong dream of becoming a children's author

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (17-Jan-17)

A great-grandmother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2012 has become a published author of two children’s books. Joan Porter, aged 85, who lives in sheltered accommodation in Bearsden, Glasgow,.....

Language expert urges nursery practitioners not to simplify their language for children

Sue Learner, Editor (30-Dec-16)

Nursery practitioners are being advised to boost children’s language skills by using words they don’t understand instead of deliberately using simple words. Early years language expert, Michael Jones, believes.....

Do young children today experience any free, unstructured child-led play?

Sue Learner, Editor (22-Dec-16)

Play is recognised as being essential to children’s development, yet it is vital that children get to experience both structured, adult-led play as well as free child-led play. The question is does free child-led play exist anymore? Child-led.....

Toy guns: 'Children have an innate, inquisitive nature to explore good and bad, right and wrong'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (16-Dec-16)

Playing with toy guns is a controversial subject within the early years sector. It can provoke a sharp intake of breath when mentioned in certain company, and many nursery settings adopt a zero-tolerance approach. Carla.....

Children's new year resolutions: 'We won't whine, cry or throw parmesan cheese around'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (15-Dec-16)

We’ve all heard the half-hearted tiresome pledges of grown-ups to join a gym or save money at the start of a new year, but this new year’s resolution is uttered by children who seem to understand the depths of their crimes and are.....

Professor Robert Winston: 'Children need to be allowed to fail'

Sue Learner, Editor (02-Dec-16)

Today’s society, according to Professor Robert Winston, is “obsessed with success”. Yet failure is equally important, says the scientist, known for presenting the landmark series Child of Our Time, which.....