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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.....

Teletubbies was 'bravest thing I have ever done' reveals creator verbally attacked for 'dangerous nonsense'

Sue Learner, Editor (30-Nov-16)

It is nearly 20 years ago that Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po sprang onto our TV screens, accompanied by a laughing baby in the sun. The show was an instant success with children transfixed by the brightly-coloured.....

Dramatherapist for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties invited into 'imaginary world for tea and apples'

Charley Walker, News Editor (30-Nov-16)

Dramatherapy uses the healing aspects of drama and theatre to provide children with a safe and supportive environment where they can explore their emotions, fears and needs, while building confidence, trust and communication skills. Myriam.....

Children urged to think of others during consumer-mad Christmas

Angeline Albert, News Editor (28-Nov-16)

Who remembers being read ‘The Little Match Girl’ in their youth? It is not the tale often told to little ones today. More likely they hear ‘triumph over adversity’ stories of animated animals, toys or wizards beating the odds against.....

Why so few men in childcare and who are the Gingerbread men?

Angeline Albert, News Editor (11-Nov-16)

Men don’t know how to nurture, men could be abusers, young men are not mature enough... are these the reasons only two per cent of the country’s childcare workforce is male? Karl Taylor would tell you otherwise......

Too young for childcare? Nine in ten parents feel anxious about putting their baby in a nursery

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (04-Nov-16)

What if he cries inconsolably when I leave him? How is she going to cope without me? What if the other children are mean? What if the staff forget to give him his comforter at sleep time? These are just.....

Competitive parenting has led to 'unrealistic expectations' say nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (04-Nov-16)

The game of competitive parenting begins even before the birth, with heated debates over which food when pregnant will boost their baby’s brainpower as well as the merits of breastfeeding and waterbirths. Once.....

Nursery head chef reveals biggest challenge is cooking for children with allergies

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (02-Nov-16)

Stuart White is head chef at Busy Bees Edinburgh Park nursery and has more than 14-years’ experience working in catering. Mr White has worked at Busy Bees Edinburgh Park Nursery for the past two years, supporting childcare practitioners.....