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'Outstanding' nursery praised for children's 'exceptional progress' and independent learning

Melissa McAlees (20-Sep-17)

A Surrey-based which encourages babies to wash their hands before meals and helps children to prepare their own snacks has been rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in its first inspection, just two years after opening. Jane.....

A nursery chef is 'better than being a pastry chef': 'I've more creative freedom'

Angeline Albert (04-Sep-17)

Natasha Carroll is used to crafting sugary delights and wowing diners with her lemon tart as a pastry chef at the Daresbury Hotel but after climbing the culinary ladder for 10 years, she has no regrets about leaving to cook in a nursery......

Nursery opens in care home giving residents a 'new lease of life'

Melissa McAlees (04-Sep-17)

The recent Channel 4 experiment ‘Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds’, which saw a group of four-year-olds ‘move in’ to a retirement village for six weeks, has proved that children really can give older people a ‘new lease of life’.....

UK childhood vaccination rates amongst highest in world because parents 'trust NHS'

Michaela Mildenhall (31-Aug-17)

In many parts of Europe and the United States a growing number of parents are not immunising their children and scientists are warning that this is leading to a rise in dangerous outbreaks of diseases such as measles. Diseases.....

Childcare show to explore if Prevent Duty is stopping superhero play in UK's nurseries

Sue Learner (30-Aug-17)

Practitioners at this year’s Childcare Expo Midlands will be able to listen to the latest ideas and thinking on risk-taking, outdoor play and toy weapons, shaping early years practice in the UK. Fears that.....

Democratic nursery lets children vote on when to sleep and who changes their nappies

Angeline Albert (29-Aug-17)

Children in the future will rule the world, so why not let them run it now? That’s the theory behind Germany’s first certified ‘democratic’ nursery, which lets children sleep whenever they want, paint where they want and determine.....

Early years maths: Are we letting our boys down?

Michaela Mildenhall (24-Jul-17)

Despite the recent shortening gap between girls’ and boys’ grades in most early years subjects, maths is considered the one area where the boys are still continually lagging. So, do we need to rethink the.....

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.....