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Tiger mums turn to former soldiers to brain-train their children

Melissa McAlees (24-May-18)

Parents are using more tactics than ever before to ensure their children succeed in life, with Londoners rushing to sign their children up to Tarka - a structured exercise programme which boosts cerebral development. It.....

Nurseries warned to vet staff in wake of safeguarding investigation

Sue Learner (21-May-18)

Childcare settings are being urged to ensure their staff have been properly vetted to see if they have criminal records, after a nursery in Devon was forced to close following a safeguarding investigation. Claire’s.....

Mandarin speaking children have 'head start' when learning maths, says bilingual nursery owner

Michaela Chirgwin (30-Apr-18)

Cennydd John set up Britain's first bilingual English-Mandarin nursery chain after his son was born, as he became "acutely aware of the importance that China would have on his life". "I wanted him to benefit from a knowledge of.....

Sweden's 'Skogsmulle' teaches UK's forest school children resilience

Melissa McAlees (25-Apr-18)

Woodland Kindergarten is Sheffield’s only outdoor nursery. There are no classrooms, just a pack-away tipi for shelter and Mulle, a fictional woodland creature who teaches children to see the 'magical' side of nature. Three.....

Nursery rated outstanding for 28 years lets toddlers sleep outside

Sue Learner (27-Mar-18)

The Aunties’ Old School Nursery has pioneered an outdoor play approach since it opened nearly 30 years ago, teaching children to take ‘positive’ risks through den-making and climbing trees. The philosophy.....

Tips for challenging gender stereotypes at nursery

Sue Learner (28-Feb-18)

Even from birth, girls and boys are treated differently, so it is unsurprising children as young as four can have defined ideas about what jobs are suitable for men and women, and whether ‘being smart’ is determined by gender. Baby.....

Busy Bees nurseries help China's children become creative thinkers

Angeline Albert (28-Feb-18)

On her first trade mission to China, Prime Minister Theresa May held up Busy Bees Nursery Group as the poster child for Britain, with early years provision that has led China to embrace education for children under two. Busy.....

Rugby player and engineer changes perception of men in childcare

Melissa McAlees (28-Feb-18)

Jack Meekings is a 29-year-old rugby player, qualified engineer and deputy manager of an Ofsted-rated 'outstanding' nursery. Hailed as a 'true inspiration', he can often be found dressing up in the role.....

Sesame Street in Syria: Early years education on the frontline

Michaela Chirgwin (01-Feb-18)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has joined forces with Sesame Street characters in a bold new initiative aimed at educating young Syrian refugees under the age of eight, in what they are calling 'the largest early childhood.....

CBBC presenter to open this year's Childcare Expo

Sue Learner (31-Jan-18)

CBBC presenter Dave Benson Phillips, best known for the TV show Get Your Own Back is opening this year’s Childcare Expo, where early years policy will be discussed by the leaders of two high-profile childcare organisations. Mr.....

Mum of autistic son praises nursery for giving him the 'best possible start in life'

Melissa McAlees (29-Jan-18)

“Joshua was in pieces on his first day of nursery. Holding his eight-month-old brother in my arms, I was desperately trying to console him as he lay on the car park ground completely beside himself. “Yet.....

Government 'wrong' to emphasize calories over 'healthy' snacks, says nursery food supplier

Michaela Chirgwin (26-Jan-18)

Katy Elliott, managing director of an early years food manufacturing company, explains to daynurseries.co.uk why additives in processed food cause further snacking, how orders have dropped since the introduction of ‘30 hours’ and.....

My 10-year journey from apprentice to nursery manager

Sue Learner (03-Jan-18)

Hollie Redish, who joined Mama Bear’s Day Nursery & Pre-School in 2007 as an apprentice, says “it’s the best way to get hands on experience and gain a full insight into what the role is like.” Ten years after.....

Nursery boss who banned glitter now wants parents to potty train earlier

Sue Learner (22-Dec-17)

Cheryl Hadland who banned glitter from all of her Tops Day Nurseries due to the harm it does to marine life, is now calling on parents to reduce the amount of disposable nappies going to landfill by potty training earlier. Tops Day Nurseries.....

Beach School offers a valuable space for children to 'just daydream'

Melissa McAlees (30-Nov-17)

Imagine learning out in the fresh air, in an environment bursting with resources and opportunities, in a place where every sense is stimulated and imaginations can run wild. With an abundance of beautiful coastline just a stone’s.....

One of UK's youngest nursery owners opens £25-a-day pre-school

Melissa McAlees (31-Oct-17)

Hannah Donnelly is thought to be one of the UK’s youngest nursery owners after setting up her own childcare setting in Urmston, Greater Manchester, at the age of 26. After struggling to fund her son’s childcare,.....

Dark and mysterious world of children's picture book maverick, Benji Davies

Michaela Mildenhall (30-Oct-17)

The multi-talented Benji Davies, part of a cool new breed of illustrators, has revealed he wrote his latest book, The Grotlyn, to conquer his 'childhood fear of the dark'. 'The Storm Whale' author tells us about his love for the.....

Picture book helps children make sense of Granny's dementia

Melissa McAlees (26-Oct-17)

Sometimes Granny doesn't remember my name. It’s like hundreds of names are spinning around in her head and she just picks one. She does unusual things too. She gets lost in her own house and puts orange juice on her cereal. What's.....

Best thing about working in a Reggio nursery 'is the ethos of community'

Michaela Mildenhall (24-Oct-17)

Nicola Cargill works at Little Learners Childcare Corby, a nursery in Northamptonshire inspired by the Reggio Emilio approach. Here, she talks about her love of working in a Reggio nursery, with its philosophy of flexibility, encouraging.....

Nose-blowing stations and hugs make Cuddles nursery group 'outstanding'

Angeline Albert (19-Oct-17)

While many nurseries let staff be cuddled but never allow them to cuddle children, the Cuddles Day Nursery group feels no such qualms. Its nurseries let staff embrace children whenever required, if it means the child gets the emotional.....

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