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Key amendments needed to reform early years system for children with Special Educational Needs

Richard Howard, News Editor (09-Oct-13)

This week sees the Government’s Children and Families Bill debated in the House of Lords, which includes important measures to reform the early years system for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). Although delighted.....

Pressure mounts on Government to let parents decide when summer-born children start school

Ellie Neville Media and Marketing Manager (08-Oct-13)

The question of the school starting age for summer born children reached a peak in September with a House of Commons debate on the issue. MPs Annette Brooke and Elizabeth Truss spoke out in support of the campaign for parents to decide.....

Nurseries question benefits of ICT for young children

Sue Learner, News Editor (05-Sep-13)

New daynurseries.co.uk research shows over 80 per cent of nurseries have excellent ICT facilities, but some nurseries and childcare experts are starting to question whether this is a good thing. There has.....

Transition to full-time education and when parents should start planning their child's future

Richard Howard, News Editor (08-Aug-13)

One of the most important decisions that parents face is choosing the right school for their children, but early years development also demands that a child is well prepared for the challenges of moving on from pre-school. First-time.....

Top tips for parents on preparing their children for their first day at school

Richard Howard, News Editor (08-Aug-13)

Leading early years expert and president of PACEY (the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years), Penny Tassoni, has these ‘top five tips’ for helping parents get their child ready for school this summer: Teach.....

Nurseries adopt ‘no kissing’ policy to protect staff from being accused of abuse

Sue Learner, News Editor (04-Jul-13)

Many nurseries in the UK have adopted a ‘no kissing’ policy to protect their staff from being accused of abuse, however some argue children are being affected by bans on kissing and cuddling. Over recent.....

Businesses are urged to introduce more flexible hours to get mothers back into the workplace

Julia Corbett, News Editor (05-Jun-13)

More flexible working will allow parents to work the hours that they want to and provide the care that their children need, a new report has advised. The report has been compiled by.....

Inclusive nurseries are vital for giving 'deaf children the best start in life'

Julia Corbett, News Editor (07-May-13)

Nearly 15 per cent of the population have some degree of deafness, and it is at nursery age that a child’s hearing loss is most likely to be discovered. There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK.....

Day nurseries urged to make the most of storytelling time

Richard Howard, News Editor (04-Apr-13)

Embracing the power of storytelling is “crucial to children’s enjoyment in books and in particular in reading for themselves in the future”, according to Allison Winship, head of childcare at Kids 1st Nurseries. Noted storytellers.....

Day nursery years are an ideal time for children to pick up foreign language skills as young children are better at imitating sounds

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-Mar-13)

Second-language teaching is not a core part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, but there are many day nurseries and learning experts who believe it should be if UK-born citizens are ever to become more bilingual. Caron.....

Lack of outdoor play spaces for children over last 40 years 'highly regrettable'

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-Feb-13)

Child independence is increasingly becoming a forgotten freedom, warn Love Outdoor Play campaigners. Responding to research published by the University of Westminster, the campaign wants to see the steady.....

Too much screen time is harming children's literacy skills

Richard Howard, News Editor (10-Jan-13)

Television should not be used as a parenting aid, according to a study by The American Academy of Pediatrics, which found clear evidence of negative behaviour in children as a result of too much exposure to.....

Festive merry making at UK's day nurseries

Rachel Baker, News Editor (11-Dec-12)

Christmas is an exciting time for the under-fives and nursery staff share the children’s enthusiasm at this magical time of year. Care 4 Kids in Blackburn has put a modern twist on the traditional.....

Early years sector leading the way in fighting the language and literacy decline

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-Nov-12)

In its ‘Moving English Forward’ report, published in March, education regulator Ofsted, although finding a decline in basic reading skills in schools, recorded “There has been improvement in the proportion of children who are secure.....

Nurseries need to teach children 'to embrace and not fear difference'

Rachel Baker, News Editor (05-Nov-12)

Many British nurseries today are alive with the beautiful colours of traditional costume, the aroma of delicious meals from across the globe and lively chatter in many different languages, all representing our multicultural and diverse.....

Nurseries urged to spread the word about free parenting classes

Sue Learner, News Editor (03-Oct-12)

Nurseries are being urged to spread the word about free parenting classes to help guide parents through the first five years of their child’s life. The CAN Parent scheme is a Department for Education initiative.....

From cute and fluffy to slimy and wriggly - how pre-schoolers care for their nursery pets

Rachel Baker, News Editor (30-Sep-12)

British day nurseries have a wide variety of pets to help pre-school children learn about responsibility, care and nature. The pets come in all shapes and sizes from cute and fluffy to slimy and wriggly, but what they all have in.....

Nutritious and delicious – the importance of healthy day nursery meals

Rachel Baker, News Editor (30-Sep-12)

Children spend a large amount of time in day nurseries, so parents and guardians need to be assured that their children are having healthy, nutritious food as part of a balanced diet. Today’s pre-schoolers have more dietary requirements.....

A commitment by nursery managers to outdoor play is essential for early years development

Richard Howard, News Editor (12-Sep-12)

A look at how some day nurseries are maximising the potential of their outdoor play time and resources. Outdoor learning is one of the core objectives of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which states.....

'Childcare is not just a woman's job' - why only two per cent of the day nurseries and childcare workforce is male

Rachel Baker, News Editor (10-Sep-12)

“Working with children is seen as a predominantly female occupation. Yet male carers have much to offer, including acting as positive role models for boys - especially from families where the father is absent.” This is a statement.....