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 09.09.2016 | 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 17.08.2016 | 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 09.08.2016 | 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 08.08.2016 | 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.

Mum Shocked By School's Required List Of Skills

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Parents

A mum was not impressed when she was handed a list of skills her son should have to be ready for school. She uploaded it to Reddit with the caption: ...

Nurseries Are Wrongly Requesting Kids Take Antibiotics For This Infection

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Parents

Nurseries are reportedly requiring children to take antibiotics if they have minor eye infections, a study has found. For the study, published in the ...

The Big Reason Why We Need to Keep Calm and Carry on Amid Brexit

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK Parents
Purnima Tanuku

I've been speaking at the NDNA Annual Conference and of course the burning question is: "What will our exit from the European Union mean for early yea...

How a Matter of 62p Saved the Government's key 30 Free Hours Trial

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Politics
Purnima Tanuku

62p doesn't quite buy you a first class stamp but this modest sum has averted the collapse of a hotly-anticipated Department for Education pilot scheme.

Why Many Nursery Owners Are Saying 'No More Meddling' to Government

Angela Spencer | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Parents
Angela Spencer

I am vehemently against bringing formal education into nursery settings. There is an enormous amount of evidence that suggests children should not be in a formal educational setting until the age of six or even seven years old. Until then they should be in a nurturing, play based environment.

National Living Wage Could 'Drive Up Nursery Fees'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Parents

Concerns have been raised that the new National Living Wage (NLW) may increase nursery fees for parents. George Osborne announced the NLW will be incr...