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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.....

Children with English as an additional language can go through 'silent period' at nursery

Charley Walker, News Editor (28-Oct-16)

Nurseries play a crucial role in giving children with English as an additional language that extra support, so they do not fall behind when they start school. It is advantageous for children to be bilingual,.....

Should we have a world without Down's syndrome?

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (18-Oct-16)

Around 800,000 women in the UK become pregnant each year and while most parents will ultimately be reassured the pregnancy is progressing as expected, more than 40,000 will be told there is a chance their baby will have a fetal anomaly. According.....

Exclusive: Childcare minister Caroline Dinenage tells daynurseries.co.uk what she'll do for early years

Angeline Albert, News Editor (05-Oct-16)

Britain’s childcare and early years minister Caroline Dinenage has identified what she wants to achieve for the sector in an exclusive interview with daynurseries.co.uk As a mother of two, she has candidly revealed.....

Ice skater to senior area manager: Co-operative Childcare employee reveals how fate led to a career change

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (05-Oct-16)

Clare Robson is a senior area manager at The Co-operative Childcare, with more than 16 years experience working in the childcare sector. However during her childhood she lived and breathed ice-skating in the hope that one day she.....

Cranky babies and grumpy toddlers: Why young children need a nap at nursery

Sue Learner, Editor (05-Oct-16)

Daytime naps are crucial for babies and toddlers’ brain development and are essential for their wellbeing. Yet many young children go without a nap at nursery, either because it does not have a dedicated sleep area or because the.....

Nurseries help combat children's mental health problems with specialist training

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (04-Oct-16)

Nurseries are helping to combat children with mental health problems by attending specialist training on supporting children's well-being and early brain development. One in 10 children and young people experience mental health.....

'Cotton wool children' given freedom to experience risky play

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

“If you over protect a child, they will never learn how to make mistakes,” claims Michelle Wisbey, principal of five Montessori pre-schools in Essex and Hertfordshire. When most people think of the word.....

Can a 'wee whisperer' help Britain's potty-fearing school children?

Angeline Albert, News Editor (04-Oct-16)

More children are soiling themselves at school compared to five years ago, according to 70 per cent of primary school teachers surveyed, but is it the job of a celebrity potty trainer aka 'wee whisperer' to fix this and what should.....

Writer inspired by chance encounter with real-life Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Sue Learner, Editor (07-Sep-16)

Ian Whybrow has written over a hundred books including the much loved series Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. This collection of books is based on a little boy called Harry who takes his bucket of.....

Using puppets in the early years encourages quiet children to talk and 'helps combat shyness'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (07-Sep-16)

Creating, retelling and acting out stories is one of children’s favourite activities. Using puppets helps children build positive relationships, learn about other cultures and make connections that are essential to understanding the.....

Secrets: which should you tell and which keep?

Angeline Albert, News Editor (06-Sep-16)

Children’s secrets can be big or small, fun and exciting, mad, bad, even frightening… but which secrets should you keep and which should you tell? Such a dilemma sounds like a self-help children’s book in.....

Body worries 'fuel a culture of self-consciousness' in children as young as three

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (02-Sep-16)

Pre-school children are showing increasing signs of being unhappy with their body image and appearance, a new survey has revealed. According to the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years.....

A day in the life of a Montessori teacher

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (02-Sep-16)

The Montessori method of teaching was created by Maria Montessori who developed her teaching strategies to allow the child freedom to learn within a structured environment. At Buttercup Montessori Kindergarten - Galleywood in Chelmsford,.....

It's not raining men in nurseries but a visit to Childcare Expo can help

Angeline Albert, News Editor (24-Aug-16)

If half the class are boys but it isn’t ‘raining men’ at your nursery, what should pre-school managers be doing to achieve a gender-balanced workforce? That’s just one of the questions many early years practitioners.....

Dads 'driven mad' by screen time create nature-themed activity book to encourage children to go outdoors

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (04-Aug-16)

The availability of technology, apps, games and portable digital devices to children is a contentious issue among parents and early years educators alike. Although many parents choose to limit the amount.....

Cognitive scientist calls for guidelines on toddlers' screen time

Sue Learner, Editor (03-Aug-16)

A cognitive scientist is calling for parents and nurseries to be given guidelines on how long they should allow children to be on interactive electronic screens such as tablets and touchscreen phones. Dr.....

A day in the life of a nursery nurse: a 'rewarding and inspiring experience'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (03-Aug-16)

Erin Doheny, an ambitious nursery nurse, joined the flourishing team of Little Adventurers Nursery in Upminster in June 2015 to continue her training to become a Level 3 early years practitioner. During.....