UK Nurseries

Free Childcare? Check The Smallprint

Tracy Brabin | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Politics
Tracy Brabin

This September, working parents who earn less than £100,000 per year each will be eligible for 30 hours free childcare for three and four year olds - double the 15 hours they are currently entitled to.

Problems Picking Nurseries

Chris Newman | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Chris Newman

Here is my dilemma. I am somewhat overprotective. With this in mind, the fact that there are videos and news articles about children who get abused or neglected while in a childcare environment, how can you be sure your child is safe?

A Vision Of A Family Friendly Music Industry

Vick Bain | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Parents
Vick Bain

I don't talk often about my experiences of balancing a career in the music industry with being a parent - it is something I, alongside thousands of others, just get on and do. But my start to parenthood was perhaps tougher than many - my partner left me whilst I was pregnant and my twins were born two months premature.

The Rise Of Technology: How Screen Time Can Affect Your Baby

Angela Spencer | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Spencer

In my book, Babyopathy - baby care the natural way, I demonstrate the difference between sensory stimulation which babies need to support brain development and sensory overstimulation which can have a negative impact on:

We Need An Early Years' Education Revolution

Kevin Watkins | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Kevin Watkins

If the measure of a nation's commitment to fairness is giving every child a chance to realise their potential through education, we are a failing nation. We speak the language of equal opportunity. But we stack the cards against our most disadvantaged kids, setting them up to fail long before they start school. The time has come to level the playing field.

On Boosting Life Chances For Poorer Children, All Roads Lead to Nurseries

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 01.10.2017 | UK
Purnima Tanuku

More and more influential people are agreeing with me that it's nurseries, not grammar schools, which hold the key to future social mobility in this country.

An Open Letter to Our Government: Early Years Needs Your Help

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Today nurseries are part of the infrastructure of a modern society. We merit the support of a government and politicians who, instead of spending time on their ideological battleground, should be supporting those people trying to run businesses which enable ordinary working families to work.

Where Has Mary Poppins Gone?

Angela Spencer | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Parents
Angela Spencer

Those that know me will know I can't resist a Disney connection but sadly this is not a fun filled article, it is a serious one that has huge repercussions for the childcare industry.

Playing at Dentists and Teaching the Art of the 'Gentle Scrub'

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 29.04.2017 | UK Parents
Purnima Tanuku

Tooth decay among young children is big in the news this month with the cost of removing teeth in hospital rising by 66% since 2010-11, according to the British Dental Association. It's shocking and sad and completely preventable, not to mention expensive for the NHS.

New Nursery Rules, Not as Simple as A B C...

Sophia Walker | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

I'll never forget my baby's first day at nursery. Besides crying more than I ever have before (it hit me unexpectedly), I remember saying to his keyworker 'Please look after Boo for me - all that matters is that he is loved and looked after". Words, I echo now, even six months on.

April Showers - It's Not Just Grey Skies - It's Music

Angela Spencer | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Spencer

Rain is water and water gives life to everything on this planet including us. It waters our gardens, it nourishes our food sources and it plays its part in giving us oxygen! Rain is more than just water droplets giving life though, it creates sound....

Nursery Staff 'Have A Duty To Report Radicalisation Of Children'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Parents

The chief executive of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has urged nursery staff to report any concerns they have regarding the radicalisa...

LSE, Save Our Nursery

Aysha Al-Fekaiki | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Parents
Aysha Al-Fekaiki

LSE is at risk of losing its nursery once again. As a result of its mounting deficit, the school has conducted research into its childcare provisions over the last few months and claim that there is a lack of demand for LSE's nursery, consequently putting childcare in jeopardy for both our staff and students.

The Cold, Hard Cash and the Balancing of Books - the Truth about UK Childcare

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK
Purnima Tanuku

My job is to represent the armies of talented and hard-working people who care for and educate very young children in the UK. It could look like a warm and cuddly arena more concerned with sand pits and nap times than spreadsheets and bottom lines.

Top Five Life Tips to Teach Your Two-Year Old

Penny Tassoni | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Tassoni

Many new parents with young children often grow anxious over the challenges of young toddlers and in particular the famous tantrums of the 'terrible two' phase. In fact, two year olds are at one of the most fascinating phases of their development, and whilst it can be tricky, it is important to enjoy it too. ...

Children - Not Galley Slaves

Hilary Wilce | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Politics
Hilary Wilce

How I hate the phrase "driving up standards". Every time I hear it, I see primary-age schoolchildren, bent low and sweating over heavy oars, struggling to propel the great ship of education towards some distant, hazy destination that their elders and betters have deemed they must aim for.

Slugs in the Garden

David Wong | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Wong

Have you been in the garden today? You might have noticed that the slugs have been in the garden too. This is the time of year when the push of fresh young growth promises fruits and flowers to us in the next few months, but to the slugs I imagine that this very moment is their harvest season

The Numbers for Childcare Professionals Aren't Adding Up

Liz Bayram | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Politics
Liz Bayram

To truly tackle to the number of families struggling with the cost of childcare, we need to reflect on why childcare is key.

What Do We Really Mean By the Term 'School Ready'?

Liz Bayram | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Politics
Liz Bayram

The term 'school ready' gets bandied around a lot in early years care settings. Education Secretary Michael Gove has complained that many children arrive in school "totally unprepared to learn" and just like week Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector at Ofsted argued that "a significant minority of children are simply not ready for school".

Liz Truss, You're So Wrong!

Julie Lightley | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Politics
Julie Lightley

As someone who is responsible for running four nurseries - between them registered to look after over 290 children under the age of four - I can honestly say that plans to increase the amount of children that staff can look after gives me great concern.

Too Many Children 'Lack Basic Skills' When Starting School

PA | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK

Too many children are still starting school without the basic skills they need to learn, according to Ofsted's annual report. It is a concern that ...

Nursery Worker Had Almost 18000 Images Of Children On Computer

PA | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A nursery worker who sexually assaulted two young boys and was found with almost 18,000 "vile" images of children has been jailed for eight years. ...

Nursery Charges 'Costing More Than Mortgage'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Parents are resorting to borrowing money from friends and family or turning to their credit card in order to meet extortionate nursery costs, a survey...

Nursery Teacher Charged With Possessing Indecent Images Of Children

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 07.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A nursery teacher has been charged with three counts of possessing indecent images of children after a camera was found in staff room toilets. Jame...

'Free Childcare Will Leave Us Out Of Pocket', Fear Nurseries

PA | Posted 31.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Nurseries fear they will not receive the necessary funding to cope with a flagship Government plan to extend free childcare to two-year-olds. The m...