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Former nurse creates Disney princess-style wigs for children with cancer

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (11-Nov-15)

A former cancer nurse has been working to bring magic to the lives of children with cancer by weaving Disney princess-style wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Holly Christensen, a mother.....

Transgender children: 'I first realised Jackie was different when she was 18 months old'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (29-Oct-15)

With more and more children seeking medical treatment for gender identity issues on the NHS, can a child be too young to know who they really are and what can nurseries do to help? Figures from Tavistock.....

Preparing for Ofsted's Common Inspection Framework changes

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (28-Oct-15)

Ofsted recently introduced far-reaching changes to the way it inspects early years provision as a result of the ‘Better inspection for all’ consultation. The structural changes to the Common Inspection Framework (CIF) were implemented.....

Boy with selective mutism: 'My tummy feels like jelly and my words just get stuck'

Sue Learner, Editor (23-Oct-15)

Selective mutism usually starts between the ages of three and five years old and the earlier it can be identified, the better the chance of a consistent recovery. The essential feature of this anxiety disorder,.....

Boy's close bond with autism assistance dog has led to 'fewer meltdowns' and less anxiety

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (20-Oct-15)

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are often faced with significant challenges and while some individuals are able to live relatively independent lives, others may have accompanying learning disabilities and require a lifetime.....

London to get a chain of outdoor nurseries with the first endorsed by Sir David Attenborough

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (02-Oct-15)

The founder of an outdoor nursery in London praised by Sir David Attenborough for reconnecting children with nature, has revealed her plans to open a chain of outdoor nurseries in the capital. Little Forest.....

Nurseries urged to tackle gender gap by harnessing 'energy of boys' instead of trying to contain it

Sue Learner, Editor (23-Sep-15)

Nurseries need to harness the ‘amazing energy of boys’ instead of trying to contain it, in order to stem the gender gap in development that begins in the early years. By the age of five, there is already.....

Maths made more accessible and less intimidating for nursery staff

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (17-Sep-15)

As part of its ongoing commitment to provide the highest quality learning environment for its children, Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries Group has invested in a new numeracy training programme. Nicky Bland, an experienced trainer, is implementing the.....

Picture book that teaches children they don’t have to conform

Sue Learner, Editor (04-Sep-15)

A new ground-breaking picture book called Made by Raffi tells the story of a boy that doesn’t like loud noises and rough play and shows children they don’t have to conform to gender stereotypes. Made by Raffi.....

Stopping children from taking risks 'will leave them unable to cope with what life throws at them'

Sue Learner, Editor (04-Sep-15)

Children are being turned into accessories with parents competing to have the ‘perfect’ high-achieving child, warns Michelle Wisbey, who runs five Montessori pre-schools in Essex and Hertfordshire. The target-driven.....

Childcare Expo launches seventh show after previous successes

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (27-Aug-15)

After six successful years, Childcare Expo 2015 will once again be bursting with ideas at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 25–26 September 2015. With more than 70 exhibitors in attendance at the event, visitors and early years professionals.....

The earlier a second language is learnt the better

Richard Howard, News Editor (04-Aug-15)

According to British Council research, improving one’s employment prospects is the main driver for people overseas learning English, but many UK pupils are still experiencing a ‘minimal or fragmented’ second language learning because.....

Dementia book helps children understand why their grandpa doesn't recognise them

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (03-Aug-15)

Children’s author, Julia Jarman, has written her latest book with families in mind. ‘Lovely Old Lion’ tells the story of a young lion faced with the realisation that his grandpa King Lion is becoming forgetful. The.....

Children’s nurseries market increasingly attractive to international and private equity investors

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Jul-15)

The childcare market is in a period of growth with childcare broker, Redwood Dowling Kerr, seeing a record number of completions over the last month. The growth has come from all over the sector and in addition.....

Nursery owner and heart transplant survivor climbs world’s highest volcano

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Jul-15)

Three years ago, James Arthur, who owns Magic Daycare Nurseries in North London, collapsed at work. The next day he was diagnosed with major heart failure and admitted to hospital to wait for a heart transplant. “I was 29 years old,.....

Disability campaigner says going to nursery was 'life-changing' for her daughter

Sue Learner, News Editor (07-Jul-15)

Going to nursery proved to be “life-changing” for her daughter, reveals disability campaigner and blogger Stacie Lewis, who has called on more nurseries to be inclusive and take children with disabilities. Ms.....

Painting pictures in the mind's eye: books for blind and partially sighted children

Nina Hathway, News Editor (07-Jul-15)

Looking at books in the early years allows children to explore other worlds, characters and emotions and stimulates their imagination. Yet children with vision impairments can miss out on this enriching experience.....

Urban nursery and farm nursery share number one spot in daynurseries.co.uk awards

Sue Learner, News Editor (04-Jun-15)

This year we saw two nurseries scoop the number one spot as top recommended nursery in the UK in the daynurseries.co.uk awards. Similarly to last year, it was a hotly fought contest, with nurseries all over.....

Over 1.5m people sign Jamie Oliver's petition calling for practical food education for children

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (03-Jun-15)

TV chef Jamie Oliver has launched a petition urging world leaders to get practical food cooking on the curriculum for school children, in a bid to stop child obesity. There are more than 42 million children under five who are overweight.....

Tips on preventing fussy eating in children

Julia Corbett, News Editor (01-May-15)

Fussy eating has been on the increase in children in recent years, with a range of reasons to highlight why this is happening. In both nursery settings and in the home children can develop issues with eating, refusing.....