Let our children sing!

As a mum to three boys, I have always valued the importance of a broader curriculum, one that includes the creative arts; giving children opportunities to explore, grow and express their emotions.


My children are now adults. One works in the city and two have followed the creative arts as their chosen professions. 


Why am I passionate about creative arts?


I completely appreciate the importance of academic learning, but I also strongly believe that children need to develop as individuals with the creative arts supporting in many ways; with communication and language development and, most importantly, personal, social and emotional behaviour.  


Preparing to sell your nursery Q&A

Selling your nursery business is a big decision, so it’s important that you ensure that you and your business are prepared. We have put together the top 10 questions that sellers ask about the process to help make your business sale go smoothly:


1. What will I need to provide to ensure my business is ready for sale?


You will need to provide…


• The last 2 years of financial statements (annual accounts)

• Management accounts for the period since the end of the financial year (if it’s more than 6 months since the financial year end)

• Evidence of the quality of the business e.g. Ofsted reports, parent surveys, staff surveys and training records


TEAL’s Kiddiwash Clean Hands competition winners revealed

TEAL Patents’ Kiddiwash Clean Hands competition, exclusive to nurseries across the UK, has announced its winner and runners-up with each set to receive a portable hand washing unit from TEAL’s Kiddiwash range.


In first place and winning the Kiddiwash Clean Hands competition 2017, Skylarks Nursery has won a Kiddisynk – a freestanding unit which can be wheeled into position to provide a warm water hand wash, wherever and whenever needed.


South Normanton Nursery School and Jigsaw Curzon House Day Nursery were named as runners-up and will each receive a Kiddiwash Xtra - a portable, warm water, hand washing basin which requires no access to mains water or drainage.


Teaching children good hand hygiene


Start the new school year by teaching children good hand hygiene procedures


With preparations for the new school year well underway, high on the curriculum for all new pupils will be teaching them good hand hygiene habits to minimise absence by stopping the spread of common, contagious infections such as colds and flu. 


As more lessons seek to inspire and engage their pupils by progressing from the classroom to the great outdoors, teaching staff need to provide hand washing facilities.


Have you caught the Gigglebug yet?


Well now you can on Milkshake!’s new YouTube channel

Gigglebug, the heartfelt and infectious Finnish TV series for pre-schoolers, is on its way to the UK for the first time to get kids and families laughing together! Starring the favourite little forest creature with the infectious laugh, the Nordic sensation is now available on Channel 5’s newly launched Milkshake! YouTube channel. 


Helen Priestman, commercial director at payment provider First Capital Cashflow discusses how nurseries can considerably reduce administration costs and increase resources.


Nurseries across the country are dedicated to providing the best possible care for young children.

However, any nursery manager will admit, that staff spend a significant amount of time and money on day-to-day administration, which is a source of huge frustration.

Increased pressures to meet the requirements of national frameworks and statutory managerial responsibilities, including training provisions, are only part of the problem.

One of the main concerns for nursery management staff is reducing time and money spent on routine administrative tasks such as, chasing payments, allocating funding and organising staff ratios. There are a number of simple strategies that nurseries can use to achieve this.

Easier payments

The importance of outdoor play in the development of nursery children


Advances in technology have brought many benefits to our lives and devices such as tablets and computers have become genuinely useful and valuable educational tools for both children and adults.  For example, playing age-appropriate games can help to develop hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills.  At the same time, it’s still hugely important for children to have outdoor play time.  Here are four reasons why.

It promotes physical health and mental wellness

New study shows British children need to get out and play more


With stories of childhood obesity never far from the headlines, it’s easy to believe that each generation of children is lazier than the last. But a new survey of 6 – 11 year olds suggests that British children believe they’re wrapped in cotton wool by their parents and would like more freedom to play outside.

The research by family skincare brand Sudocrem found that almost 3 in 5 children (57%) said their parents worried too much about their safety and almost two-thirds of those aged 8 – 11 (64%) thought they should be able to go to the park with their friends, unaccompanied by an adult.

Managing Transitions in Early Years

boy & girl starting school

Research suggests that transitions are central to young children’s development and emotional wellbeing, and the way in which the first transitions are handled could have a significant impact on the child’s capacity to cope with change in the short and long term.

Early years practitioners should ensure children are fully supported through these key transitions and plan for them appropriately, says Elizabeth Walker, Lead Commentator with Wolters Kluwer’s Croner-i Early Years.


Moving from home to nursery or childminder

Children’s charity to fund country’s first hospital-based nursery teacher


A charity set up by a family in memory of their late daughter is set to fund the first hospital-based nursery teacher in the country at Southampton Children’s Hospital.


Piggles Trust, founded by Caroline and Edward Martin who live near Andover, aims to provide early years education to young patients across the country.


Currently, there is no provision for delivering pre-school education for children aged two to five while they are in hospital – despite being a crucial age for learning and development.


Following the first appointment, Piggles Trust hopes to bridge this gap by replicating the Southampton post to create a national team of nursery teachers solely for NHS hospitals.