Calls for Government to bridge the 30 hours free childcare funding gap

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Last year the Government launched a childcare boost for working parents in the form of 30 hours free childcare for working parents. Editor Victoria Galligan looks at how the grant scheme has changed the childcare industry in the last 12 months.

In April 2017, nearly 18,000 places were offered by nurseries and other childcare providers, at a cost of £55million to the taxpayer. The aim was to get more parents – especially women – back into work after having children, and to encourage them to work longer hours without struggling to pay for childcare. 

Why the race is on to sign up for childcare vouchers

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Our editor Victoria Galligan looks at the big changes ahead for tax-free childcare and asks: are some parents going to be left worse off?

Parents have been entitled to a voucher scheme to make savings on childcare since 1989. But many parents are missing out for two reasons – because they don’t know they are entitled to them and because the scheme is about to change.

Teal - ‘Tis the season to sneeze in schools

As we go into winter and the weather cools, it is more important than ever for both teachers and pupils to be aware of the NHS’ seven, simple, hand washing steps to prevent the spread of germs and illnesses.

 

Noses carry millions of bacteria but many are unaware that up to 50% of all people carry the potentially harmful staphylococcus bacteria which makes sneezing and the blowing of noses one of the easiest ways for germs to run rife.

 

Reducing energy will save your nursery money

Reducing energy will save your nursery money

How to be an eco-friendly nurseries and save your business money

Reducing energy costs in your nursery could save you money this article will give you some insight on how this can be achieved.

​The cost of childcare is increasing, putting added pressure onto parents whose finances are already strained. Some parents within the UK are entitled to 30 hours of free childcare, however this simply isn’t enough to make up the difference between rising costs and stagnant wages anymore.

Hopster Debuts Exclusive New Original Kids Content For Christmas

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Building on the success of its original short-form animation, Two Minute Tales, Hopster, the preschool learning and entertainment app, will debut a new, original triple-length Christmas episode (6 minutes) of the popular pre-school series. Since its launch, the series, which presents Grimm’s classic fairy tales in a surprisingly new light, has been one of the most watched shows on the platform.

Nurseries win toys in KCS competition

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A nursery chain has won £500 worth of toys in a competition run by major national suppliers KCS.

 

KCS ran a competition across the summer for customers who ordered products online and the lucky winners were Kids Inc Nurseries, one of the leading nursery providers in the South East. 

 

Kids Inc Nurseries is based in Ilford, where it has two nurseries, and nine other nurseries in Crowthorne, Loughton, South Woodford, Bluewater, Guildford, East Sheen, Enfield, Chingford and Aylesbury.

 

Hammersmith and Fulham Nursery Rated Outstanding by Ofsted Inspectors

Hammersmith and Fulham Nursery

Townmead Community Nursery based within the Sands End estate has been awarded an Outstanding rating by Government Body, Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills) for its remarkable achievements in transitioning the nursery from a underperforming Early Years setting into one of the borough’s most respected places for childcare.

The Nursery, which caters for 48 children between the age of 12 months and 5 years, had originally been operated as a term-time only Pre-School by the Preschool Learning Alliance and was limited to children from 2-5 years.

Originally, a Pre-school Learning Alliance, it struggled to deliver a high quality setting facing vandalism and previously failing its Ofsted inspection.

Bradford nursery to pilot support programme for asylum seeking and refugee children

Bradford nursery

Action for Children grants Bradford nursery group's charity funding to pilot support programme for asylum seeking and refugee children

 

A charity run by a Bradford-based day nursery group will pilot a training programme designed to help childcare professionals across West Yorkshire work more effectively with refugee and asylum seeking children and their families, following a £10,000 grant from Action for Children.

The ‘Starting Again’ programme, which will be trialled initially in Bradford and Kirklees, is designed to support adults working with asylum-seeking and refugee children and their families.

The top 10 bedtime stories to help get your kids to sleep

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‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ revealed as a vital part of a child’s bedtime routine 

43% of parents read to their child every night 

Hypnotherapist and author Dipti Tait shares insights into why bedtime stories are so important 

 

If you struggle to get your little one to sleep at bedtime, you’re in luck! Bed and sleep specialist, Time 4 Sleep, has revealed the top 10 children’s books that are most likely to help your kids drift off to sleep, with the minimum of fuss.

 

But how do I choose the right nursery?

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Janna, Nursery Manager at Wiggles & Giggles Day Nursery, provides five top tips for choosing the right nursery for your child.

Choosing the right nursery will depend on many factors based on location, size or whether it is near the school you would want your child to attend.  Once you’ve decided on these factors, the following should help you decide which nursery is right for your child.

1) Get online