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

Angela Spencer | Posted 03.04.2016 | 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...

Toddlers Expelled From Nursery Due To 'Violent' Behaviour

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Parents

Around 100 toddlers have been expelled or suspended from nursery for displaying violent behaviour, the Department for Education has revealed. In the a...

Toddlers Need Trained Teachers At Nursery, Warns Charity

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Parents

Every nursery in the country should have a qualified teacher to help children develop key skills like speech and language, a leading charity has said....

London Childcare Is More Than Just an Election Promise, It's Key to London's Infrastructure

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Parents
June O'Sullivan MBE

David Cameron made a promise to deliver childcare. If he cannot afford to invest in this core infrastructure then he should say so. We will then need to rethink what we can offer and what would work. I hope the future London Mayor is prepared to listen to us...time will tell.

Creative Parents Turn Daughter's Nursery Into An Incredible Farm

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Parents

The parents of a baby girl have given us serious DIY goals with their incredible transformation of their daughter's nursery into a farm. The father...

Majority of Nurseries 'Unlikely' to Offer Places to Meet 30 Hours Demand - but Government Still has Time to Change Their Minds

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Parents
Purnima Tanuku

According to Department for Education figures, the private, voluntary and independent sector currently delivers funded places for 674,000 two, three and four-year-olds in England, providing 64% of three and four-year-olds with their free place.

How a Maths Revolution in Nurseries is Helping Children to Get a Good Start in School

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents
Purnima Tanuku

Have you ever called upon your trigonometry skills or done a quadratic equation since you wore a school uniform? Maybe not but that base, background knowledge probably gives you the confidence to get a calculator out or scribble sums on the back of an envelope when that's what is required.

Prince George Looked Adorable On His First Day At Nursery

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Parents

Prince George has reached the milestone of his first day at nursery. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released two adorable photos to mark George'...

Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Release Christmas Photo And Announce Prince George's Nursery

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Parents

Prince George will begin attending the Westacre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk in January. Kensington Palace released the news on their Twitt...

Invest in Nursery Education for Better Exam Results

Russell Hobby | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Parents
Russell Hobby

Most of the attention in our education system is paid to the older end - exams and universities. Yet much of the action - in terms of making a difference - takes places at the start. Or even before children arrive at school. Put it this way: if you want better GCSE results, you should invest in nursery education.

It's Time to Question If the Ofsted Grade Is an Accurate Indicator of Quality at Nurseries

Jane Smalley | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK
Jane Smalley

There is no denying that having a baby is perhaps the most life changing and defining time in any person's life. At some point during the pregnancy, ...

No One Can Explain Why This Toddler Returned From Nursery With A Cornrow Removed

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Parents

A frustrated mother is demanding answers after her two-year-old daughter returned from nursery with one of her cornrow plaits removed. Shantal Wall...

Driver Nearby Blasts Music Near Playground, Kids Break Into Dance Moves

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Parents

A group of kids at nursery unveiled some seriously skilled dance moves after a car pulled up outside their playground and blasted music out. Before...

Managing Mega Meltdowns: The Pre-Nursery Tantrum

Bernadette Ballantyne | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Parents
Bernadette Ballantyne

By the time we arrived at school she allowed me to put on her dress but nothing else. Amazing I thought. This was about modesty. She wanted to be covered up but remained in control by refusing to wear her pants or socks. She cried on arrival at nursery. I cried on departure.

Simple Accessories to Make a Beautiful Nursery

Faye Jacobs | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Parents
Faye Jacobs

Finally the nursery is complete! In a total contrast to the girls bold prints and bright colours, Anastasia's nursery is calm and tranquil with new white furniture and pastel coloured textiles. Her room is quite small so using these shades opened up the space and makes it feel much bigger than it is. Let me talk you through the details...

London Mother Is Furious After Daughter's Head Shaved At Nursery School

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Parents

A London mother has taken to Facebook to express her anger after her two-year-old daughter's head was shaved while she was at nursery. Horrified J...

This Two-Year-Old Is Preparing For His First Interview

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Parents

Carlson Cheun is a two-year-old who has a LOT on his plate right now. Most of us didn't have to think about interview preparation until we were at ...

Pregnant Rebecca Adlington Lets Us Peek Inside Her Baby's Nursery

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Parents

Rebecca Adlington's due date is still four weeks away, but the Olympic swimmer has already got her nursery ready for her first baby. Adlington, 26,...

Wanted: Nursery Staff in London - Required: A Love of Commuting

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Parents
June O'Sullivan MBE

It is a sad indictment of a society that has created a situation which means our young cannot afford to live in the city that they were born in. As someone who had to leave their own country to get work, I am loathe to see my own children forced to live far away.

"I DON'T Want to Go Back to Work and I DON'T Care Who Knows!"

Olivia Siegl | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

I guess what myself and my mummy tantrum are trying to say is that rather than being strong and brave through it all, wouldn't it sometimes be a refreshing relief to admit how hard all parenting decisions are and how we bloody dread having to make them?

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Britain Must Not Give Terrorists This Victory

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

Detaining foreigners without trial was thus held to be incompatible with fundamental human rights. As a result, section 23 was later repealed. 11 years on, we once more face a threat to the life of our nation..

The Day My Two-Year-Old Escaped From Nursery

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tetteh

Never more have the words keep calm and don't panic been more poignant. Just how did a two-year-old manage to outwit a team of ten grown ups to make a bolt for the front gate?

Scotland's Children's Bill Paves Way for Childcare Transformation

Aileen Campbell | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Politics
Aileen Campbell

Last month Scotland took a big step towards a shared ambition to make our country among the best in the world to grow up. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill is a landmark piece of legislation to deliver greater support for children and families through a range of measures, including improvements to how we help our most vulnerable young people in care.

We Need a More Child-Friendly Society

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
June O'Sullivan MBE

We need to have a conversation about what child-friendly means. It involves understanding the adult's role in guiding the child's behaviour, as well as accepting our responsibility to share the task of rearing children. It also means modelling good behaviour ourselves.