Kids teach Children’s Commissioner the right way to play  

Nursery children from Ellon in Aberdeenshire celebrated World Children’s Day with the Children’s Commissioner by teaching him the best ways to play and learn about nature and the environment – all from their woodland yurt.

The Commissioner and his team joined children from Haddo Woodland Kindergarten, a fully outdoors nursery setting, to learn about how they are exploring their human...

picture of nursery children and their nursery teacher playing with toy animals

Ofsted calls for stronger oversight of early years multiple providers and social care groups

Ofsted has published two research reports looking at early years multiple providers and providers that own more than one children's home.

From: Ofsted

Published 28 October 2021

Two new research reports by Ofsted, published today, find that current legislation does not reflect the level of influence that early years multiple providers and social care groups have on individual...

Picture of new ickle bubba furniture range

British nursery brand enters new category with soft furnishings launch 

Stylish Interiors for your Ickle Bubba

British nursery brand enters new category with soft furnishings launch

Ickle Bubba is thrilled to be expanding its ever-growing portfolio of products as the award-winning brand makes its highly anticipated entrance into the interior’s category. A first for the British nursery brand, parents can now rely on Ickle Bubba to be the...

Picture of a child starting school

New reception pupils are the ‘least school-ready’ for generations

Children starting reception this term are expected to face the most challenging school start for generations, as new analysis from the charity Nesta reveals that the average pupil missed more than a quarter of their early years education due to the pandemic.

In 2019, the average four-year old spent 25 hours a week at nursery - around three full days - in the year before they started...

Picture of new p.op back to school products

PO.P Back to School (and nursery) in Style!

With its new seasonal launches, Polarn O. Pyret is on hand to get little ones kitted out ahead of the ‘Back to School’ frenzy! Thanks to its award-winning range of clothing, outerwear and accessories, this Nordic, ethically minded brand is sure to have kids up to 12 years, prepared for the new term (and many adventures in between)!

Get them school ready with their homework and water...

Picture of two toddlers at a day nursery

Closures of nurseries increase as impact of pandemic takes hold

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has published its report Nurseries and the impact of closures in the first year of the pandemic which revealed that the number of nursery closures in England has increased by 35% during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic compared to the same period the previous year.

Throughout the pandemic, nurseries and childcare providers have supported...

Picture of a childrens nursery

Many Scottish nurseries suffering real terms cut in ELC funding rates despite increased costs

Almost one in five Scottish local authorities will not be increasing their hourly early learning and childcare funding rates for three to five-year-olds once the 1140 hours policy is mandatory from August.

NDNA Scotland put out an FOI to all Scottish local authorities asking what they will be paying childcare providers for the 1140 hour places which must be in place from the autumn...

Picture of a nursery teacher reading a book to a child

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has teamed up with Walker Books as they celebrate 30 years of “Maisy” stories with Maisy goes to nursery story day.

NDNA, Walker Books and Maisy are all going to nursery – are you?

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has teamed up with Walker Books as they celebrate 30 years of “Maisy” stories using the picture book Maisy Goes to Nursery by Lucy Cousins.

They are hoping nurseries and other early years settings will take part in a dedicated storytelling day and are offering a whole...

Picture of a child at a childcare setting

HMRC can help towards the cost of children’s summer holiday activities

Today, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding working families in the South West that they can use Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for their childcare costs over the summer.

Tax-Free Childcare – a childcare top-up for working parents – can be used to help pay for accredited holiday clubs, childminders or sports activities – giving parents and carers that extra peace of...

Mum hugging her child

Dealing with separation anxiety post lockdown

After the first lockdown, many parents found that their usually, confident children had developed some separation anxiety once they were heading back to school and nursery and speaking with parents it seems, particularly in younger children, that this will be the case again after this lockdown.

Here are my tips to help but it is important to remember that how you react will impact...