The Milestones

Tamara Spurway | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK Parents
Tamara Spurway

Big or small they are equally important. Over the past few weeks I have witnessed hundreds of pictures of my friends children starting school in thei...

Let Children Just Be Children

Tamara Spurway | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Parents
Tamara Spurway

I've been watching the news and discussions on the child that wants to be known as a girl and wear a dress to school and how one set of parents have taken their child out of that school because it has made their own children anxious and upset. 

Is This The Future Of Care For Young And Old?

Stephen Burke | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK
Stephen Burke

The co-location of care for young and old makes sense in so many ways. As nurseries and care homes struggle to avoid closure, there are rays of hope on the horizon. Here is a model of care that works for all generations.

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.

Ofsted's Guide To Choosing Childcare

Gill Jones | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Parents
Gill Jones

If you decide to use childcare, picking a service can be a bit overwhelming in itself. The person or people who look after your child play an important role in their development. They must help those they care for grow up to be keen to learn, able to express themselves and happy to play with others.

9 Newborn Essentials: The First Months At Home

Kerstin Vintila | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Parents
Kerstin Vintila

As new parents we discovered that the wide world of baby products is vast and from the beginning we were bombarded with baby industry marketing. The l...

How £6bn Investment In Early Years Boiled Down To A Very Small Change Of 40p

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK
Purnima Tanuku

30 'free' hours childcare in England has been on the way since May 2015 when this new idea helped the Conservatives to win the general election that y...

Sassy Girl Puts Her Coat On At Nursery Like A Boss

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Parents

We never thought a little girl could look so sassy simply by putting on a hooded puffer jacket at nursery, but we stand corrected. OMG, teach me mast...

General Election 2017 - Save Motherhood, Save Childhood, Save Childcare!

Angela Spencer | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Politics
Angela Spencer

Today I have a heartfelt plea for you all - Save Motherhood, Save Childhood, Save Childcare - the most important manifesto points for the long-term future of our country... We are forcing women to choose between being a caregiver OR a breadwinner - Motherhood is a right, it is not an inconvenience...

Single Mum Finds Out About 'Dad Day' At Son's Nursery, Steps Up In The Best Way

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents

A single mum who found out her son’s nursery was inviting fathers to come in for a “dad day”, stepped up to make sure her boy didn’t feel left...

Mum Receives Note From Nursery Questioning Her Lunchbox Choices For Kids

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Parents

A mum received a note from her child’s nursery asking her to put healthier options in her three-year-old’s lunchbox. A photo of the note was share...

From Parenttech To Healthy Chocolate: 10 Key Parenting Trends For 2017

Lisa Williams | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Williams

What does 2017 have in store for parenting in the UK? From TantrumXYZ's work with early adopters, the parenting business community and parenting influencers, this is what we identify as being the top 10 key trends for parenting and childcare in 2017...

The Real Reasons Why Your Toddler Is Beautifully Behaved At Nursery - And Not At Home

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Parents

At nursery pick-up time, it’s always reassuring to hear your toddler has been playing nicely, eating well, sharing toys and generally being angelic....

We Need To Address The Housing Issues Of Nursery Staff

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
June O'Sullivan MBE

Welcoming London's First Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare Challenge, Joanne McCartney to discuss the London Childcare Challenge. Have you eve...

These Monster Leggings Were 'Banned' From A Nursery Because They Scared A Little Girl

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has asked parents on the internet whether they think it’s unreasonable for her son’s nursery to “ban” him wearing monster leggings. Mums...

Might Museums Be The Schools Of The Future?

Deborah Bull | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Deborah Bull

Most of us remember school trips to museums and galleries - in some cases, only because of the welcome contrast to the everyday. At best, the museums and galleries - their collections of curiosities rich with cultural history - created memories more enduring than the classroom-based learning they were intended to supplement.

Car Seat Suffocation Warning For Babies On Long Journeys. My Thoughts On How To Travel Safely

Angela Spencer | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Spencer

If you talk about technology and it's impact on children and babies, most people will think of computers and mobile phones. However, in my opinion, one of the biggest technological impacts on babies is actually the development of car seats and prams.

Over 13,000 Nurseries At Risk Of Closure

Angela Spencer | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Spencer

I would like to make it very clear that the childcare sector is required to follow the EYFS - a Government programme for the development of children. It is THIS that is the cause of 'underachieving', this along with the year on year withdrawal of parent support services.

Coping With Tears At Nursery Drop Off

Jaki Jelley | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents
Jaki Jelley

Needless to say, Tuesday and Thursday mornings are fast becoming my least favourite times of the week. I wake up anxious and I know that in turn, that probably makes him anxious, but I'm not a robot and I can't switch off my emotions. It's something we will just have to get through together.

To The Nursery Teacher Who Called To Say My Son Had Settled, Thank You

Katie Gregory | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Gregory

Thank you for knowing that, an hour after I walked away from him - as he cried and kicked and screamed his way through another defiant display on the other side of the window - his sobs still echoed in my head.

Great People Cannot Be Measured By GCSE Grade Cs Alone

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Purnima Tanuku

The nursery sector relies on people. Bright, brilliant people who love the job they do. Early years education and childcare attracts great candidates, despite lower wage expectations than in other careers.

Why New Grammar Schools Are Absolutely The Wrong Place To Channel Precious Education Money

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 09.09.2017 | UK Politics
Purnima Tanuku

For the future trajectory of education and attainment, it is vitally important children and families, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds are able to access high quality provision at a nursery of their choice. As I said, the nursery sector has a very important job and it's high time that investment finally reflected it. A revolution is overdue.

What To Look For In A Nursery

Sophia Walker | Posted 13.08.2017 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

Having gone through two nurseries and visited several more, I can say with some authority I now know what to look for, so Mums and Dads, here's what you really need to think about..

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.

Never Miss Your Child's Wow Moment!

Lisa Snell | Posted 06.08.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Snell

As a parent who has put their own child through nursery, and as a childcare practitioner for over 15 years, I know all too well the feeling of apprehension when you leave your child at nursery for the first time. It can be one of the most difficult things to do, and it pulled hard on my heartstrings, but at some point in your child's upbringing, you are most likely going to need some sort of childcare provision, for you and, arguably, for your child's development.