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.

The London Men in Childcare Network Wants Parity Among Early Years Professionals

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
June O'Sullivan MBE

In the midst of the Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal last year, a group of early years professionals in London formed the London Men in Childcare Netw...

Remarkable Journey Of Lone Two-Year-Old

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK

A two-year-old girl managed to walk almost half a mile home from her nursery after escaping through a fire exit, it has been reported. Louise Hilto...

Let Them Play

Julie Lightley | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Lightley

What many of us who work with young children fear is that this model may lead us to children as young as two being rushed on to tasks they are not developmentally ready for, such as colours, numbers and reading. We need to remember what's at the heart of this issue - and that's the well-being and happiness of our children.

Parliament's Nursery Should Be A Pub, Says MP

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics

A Labour MP has called for the nursery in the House of Commons to be closed - and said it was better when it was a pub. Roger Godsiff has tabled a ...

Disengaged Young People Need More Than Training to Succeed - They Need Self-Belief

Lady Diana Whitmore | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Politics
Lady Diana Whitmore

The latest figures on youth unemployment from the Office for National Statistics - which show the unemployment rate for 16 to 24-year-olds is now more than double that of the wider population, with one in five young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) - paint an extremely worrying picture for today's young people, and those who work with them.

French Court Ruling Reignites 'Laicite' Vs Headscarf Debate

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

France's distinctive take on secularism is once again making headlines. A sacred virtue of the ‎Republic, it is unquestionable within the hexagon where political careers are built on its defence. ‎But a recent case is causing controversy.

A Toddler's Day at Nursery

Julie Lightley | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Lightley

I thought it might be a good time to share one of our team's "Day in the Life of..." blogs. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did, and I hope that it also highlights the positive experience that the right person, with the correct attitude, knowledge, experience and training, can bring to a child's day at nursery.

Development - It's Not Just Child's Play

Linda Gibson | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Linda Gibson

Whilst nurseries are required to work within set guidelines, it is crucial not to underestimate the huge responsibility it is to look after someone's child. Not only is it imperative that the children feel safe, secure and happy, but that their parents see their time with us as a positive.

Baby Dies At Nursery After Choking On Food

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK

A nine-month-old girl has died after reportedly choking on food at a nursery. The youngster was taken to hospital from Ramillies Hall School in Che...

The One With Nursery

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK
Georgy Jamieson

I've been concerned lately that I don't do enough with the boy. You know, activity wise. When I was on maternity leave life was a whir of swimming le...