Starting nursery for our first born and only child was anxiety ridden for us, but fortunately both nurseries our son has been to thus far have met our expectations and, most importantly, make him happy. I want to share the issues we considered to help other parents who are in a similar situation.
Welcoming London's First Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare Challenge, Joanne McCartney to discuss the London Childcare
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.
I'll never forget my baby's first day at nursery. Besides crying more than I ever have before (it hit me unexpectedly), I remember saying to his keyworker 'Please look after Boo for me - all that matters is that he is loved and looked after". Words, I echo now, even six months on.
Prince George has reached the milestone of his first day at nursery. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released two adorable
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.
Last week, when I was back in my hometown and staying at my parents' house, I walked past my 14 year old daughter's former nursery. Laughter and happy chatter assailed me as I walked past the high brick wall and wrought iron gates. I couldn't resist peering in.
We're seeing government and regulators place less and less emphasis on fostering children's emotional literacy and resilience, boosting social confidence and supporting their independence - all of which a play based-approach to learning delivers. These are vital to help children not only become school ready, but life ready, too.
It's not very often that I, or in fact anyone gets to say it, but thank goodness for a smidgen of common sense from an MP - namely, deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. His decision to perform a u-turn on the contentious issue of increasing childcare ratios - which would have been to the absolute detriment of children and the profession - comes as a massive sigh of relief.
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.
Parents will be able to go online to compare nurseries and childminders in their area from Tuesday. Ofsted's website will
A nursery remained closed today following the death of a three-year-old girl who became entangled in a piece of equipment
My daughter has settled into nursery alarmingly quickly. When I went to pick her up for the first time she seemed very happy to see me and gave me a gratifyingly forceful hug. But I had seen her before she spotted me and she was clearly having a fantastic time.
Taking a year off work to look after my two-year-old daughter was the best decision I have ever made. There is no way I can quantify how brilliant it is to spend all this time with a toddler who glows with joy all day. But six months in, we need to spend some time apart. Happily, the feeling is mutual.
A nursery worker who sexually assaulted two young boys and was found with almost 18,000 "vile" images of children has been
Parents are resorting to borrowing money from friends and family or turning to their credit card in order to meet extortionate
A head teacher who humiliated and manhandled children as young as four was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct
A headteacher has been accused of reducing children to tears in a violent reign of terror at a nursery school. Eirios Hall