News - Innovative Nurseries

Nursery staff start 'babywearing' to soothe babies

Melissa McAlees (22-Sep-17)

A Cambridge nursery has introduced 'babywearing' to help soothe and comfort the babies they look after. Rainbow Day Nursery in Trumpington has become the first nursery in Cambridge - and the third in the UK -.....

Childcare robots start work in Japanese nurseries

Angeline Albert (12-Sep-17)

Robots are being tested out at nurseries in Japan to plug the country’s early years recruitment crisis, which has seen demand for childcare places outstrip supply. Artificial intelligence that can recognise.....

Nursery manager lends a hand when donkey decides to give birth at nursery

Angeline Albert (12-Jul-17)

A nursery manager sprang into action, when a donkey called Rosie trotted up to her nursery’s car park to give birth. Children and staff at the Coach House Day Nursery in South Gorley in the New Forest, watched.....

'You couldn't take your eyes off her, she'd have drop fits': Shops join nursery's funding fight for girls

Angeline Albert (05-Jun-17)

Nursery manager Sharon McCrea refused to stop caring for two little girls with special needs after the council cut her funding. Instead she got the money she needed to help them by knocking on doors in her High Street. The.....

Outdoor nursery that lets toddlers use real saws and hammers gets top Ofsted rating

Angeline Albert (19-Apr-17)

An outdoor nursery where toddlers use a composting toilet each day and saws and hammers to build dens in the woods, has been rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted. Children at The Elves and Fairies Woodland Nursery based in Wimborne.....

daynurseries.co.uk reveals parents' Top 10 nurseries

Sue Learner (23-Mar-17)

The leading day nurseries review site, daynurseries.co.uk, has revealed parents’ Top 10 nurseries in 12 regions in the UK, as well as the top nursery groups. The Top 10 nurseries are decided by their review.....

Nursery bridges the generational gap with heartwarming visits to care home

Melissa McAlees (22-Mar-17)

We are often told to value all ages in our communities, from the very young to the very old. It is said that developing connections between older adults and the youngest members of the community can have wonderful benefits for both.....

'Look Mum no screens!': Toys unlock secrets to coding for kids

Angeline Albert, News Editor (28-Feb-17)

Move over iPads, pre-schoolers are now getting clued up about coding thanks to innovative toys that don’t require any time spent glued to a screen. Britain’s young iPad generation may find it easy to adapt.....

Nursery staff learn British Sign Language in their spare time to communicate with profoundly deaf mum

Sue Learner, Editor (24-Feb-17)

Two nursery practitioners have been praised by a mum who is profoundly deaf, for doing a British Sign Language course in their spare time, so they could communicate with her. Elizabeth Corbett and her husband.....

Nurseries provide 'meat-free' recipe bags to help families enjoy #MeatFreeMonday

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (30-Jan-17)

Children at Just Childcare nurseries have been taking home recipe bags to enjoy meat-free meals with their families as part of the Meat Free Monday initiative. The recipe bags are being rolled out across all 34 nurseries in the.....

Children enjoy meat free meals as more nurseries go vegetarian

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (03-Jan-17)

Nurseries across the UK are adapting to the changing lifestyles and requirements of the families who use them. With the threat of childhood obesity, diabetes and tooth decay facing families across the UK, many are taking steps.....

Childbase Partnership gives nursery staff pay rise above Living Wage

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (15-Dec-16)

A rise in the National Living Wage at Childbase Partnership to £7.61 per hour has had nursery practitioners celebrating as the Government announced the new rate of £7.50 for next year. Pay rises at the beginning.....

Babies' 'impressive' vocabulary sees Bristol nursery get top Ofsted rating

Angeline Albert, News Editor (29-Nov-16)

'Outstanding' baby talk witnessed by Ofsted inspectors has contributed to Bristol Day Nursery & Pre-School achieving a top rating. An Ofsted inspection in October of the Bristol-based setting, run by Asquith.....

Ten nurseries get landmark Millie's Mark first aid award

Angeline Albert, News Editor (13-Oct-16)

Ten nurseries have become the first in England to achieve Millie’s Mark, the new quality mark for excellence in paediatric first aid for early years settings. Millie’s Mark is awarded to nurseries where.....

Poole nursery rated Outstanding for 'children's exemplary behaviour' and 'learning to take turns'

Sue Learner, Editor (27-Sep-16)

Ofsted has rated Tops Day Nursery in Parkstone, Poole, Outstanding after a recent inspection. Inspectors found the manager monitors children’s progress accurately and thoroughly, ensuring appropriate support.....

'Third Door' open to self-employed parents searching for flexible childcare options

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (07-Sep-16)

Due to changing working habits of families in the UK, childcare providers are being forced to adapt. Many UK nurseries are coming up with innovative ways to accomodate the ever changing working patterns of modern families. Earlier.....

KASPAR the friendly robot teaches children human feelings

Angeline Albert, News Editor (02-Aug-16)

A boy robot teaching autistic toddlers about human emotions and feelings? Yes, that's right and one nursery has put it to work. “Let’s play together” utters KASPAR a wide-eyed robot with rather wild, unkempt.....

GoPro's provide 'child's-eye-view' of Forest School sessions

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (01-Jun-16)

Forest School sessions have risen in popularity in recent years with many nurseries and pre-schools offering them as part of their regular programme of activities. Snapdragons Nurseries offer Forest School.....

Helicopter Stories help to 'unlock children's voices'

Sue Learner, Editor (04-May-16)

Children use storytelling and role play to express their ideas and make sense of the world. However children with speech and language difficulties can find it hard to express themselves in a coherent way. In.....

Prince William awards OBE to nursery owner at Buckingham Palace

Angeline Albert, News Editor (03-May-16)

The Duke of Cambridge Prince William pinned an OBE medal on the managing director of Kiddycare Nurseries, in recognition of her services to childcare. Kala Patel became an Officer of the Order of the British.....