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 04.07.2016 | 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 02.06.2016 | 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 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 16.07.2016 | 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 26.06.2016 | 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...