News - Innovative Nurseries

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.....

Five-year-olds become politicians in Green Party broadcast

Angeline Albert, News Editor (08-Apr-16)

Five-year-olds are seen mocking Prime Minster David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s 'childish politics' in a party political broadcast for the Green Party. 'The not so secret life of five-year-old.....

daynurseries.co.uk reveals the UK’s most recommended nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (01-Apr-16)

The UK’s leading nursery review site has revealed which day nurseries have won awards for being the most recommended nurseries in the country. This is the third year of running the awards with thousands.....

Bright Horizons joins forces with Institute of Education to offer Early Years Teacher training

Sue Learner, Editor (03-Mar-16)

One of the leading childcare providers, Bright Horizons, has gone into partnership with the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) to deliver an academic programme for graduates wanting a career in the Early Years. The.....

Nursery installed webcams to reduce distress of parents

Sue Learner, Editor (03-Feb-16)

Burstead Bears in Essex, took the decision when it opened nearly 10 years ago, to install webcams to reduce the distress felt by parents when they first left their children at nursery. Webcams were first.....

Nursery decorates walls with images of children's parents to reduce separation anxiety

Sue Learner, Editor (25-Jan-16)

A nursery in London has joined forces with a photo printing specialist to boost children’s wellbeing and reduce separation anxiety by decorating the walls with images of the children’s families. Albelli which.....

Nursery bosses recognised in New Years Honours List

Sue Learner, Editor (06-Jan-16)

The New Years Honours List saw Kala Patel, managing director of Kiddycare Nurseries awarded an OBE for services to childcare and Kim Arrowsmith, manager of Matchbox Day Nursery, awarded an MBE for services to children and families. Back.....

Bringing a baby into the classroom can reduce aggression and bullying

Sue Learner, Editor (16-Dec-15)

A ‘baby teachers’ programme which involves a baby and a parent visiting a primary school class throughout the school year, has been found to reduce aggression and bullying by as much as 76 per cent. The study.....

Nursery children star in CBeebies TV show

Sue Learner, Editor (08-Dec-15)

Children from Hollies Day Nursery in Chorley and their pet pygmy goats were picked to star in the popular CBeebies TV show ‘My Pet and Me’. The programme presented by Ferne Corrigan and Rory Crawford shows.....