Nurseries win toys in KCS competition

KCS competition

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

 kids to sleep

‘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?

Wiggles fingers

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

Busy Bees training toddle around a stunning part of the world for Meningitis Now

Meningitis Now

On Sunday 13th August, staff from Busy Bees Training, a national training provider based in Shenstone, Staffordshire, took part in an “Around the World Toddle Waddle” raising over £400 for Busy Bees’ 2017 national charity, Meningitis Now.

Collectively, all money raised this year – at national support centre and at Busy Bees nurseries up and down the country - will go towards funding ground-breaking research to help prevent meningitis and support those currently suffering from the disease. Helps Nurseries Tackle Childcare Recruitment Problems

A new and innovative CV search tool has been launched by to help nurseries and children’s centres find the right staff.
The tool allows nurseries and children’s centres (employers) to search for candidates based on the desired job role, salary expectations, languages spoken, location and type of contract that they have stated.
The innovation will provide vital support to nurseries that are currently having to contend with the 30 hours ‘free’ childcare policy, the introduction of the national living wage, and rising business costs.
When an employer clicks on a CV they are interested in, they can then save it, add notes and email the candidate directly.

How can a good nursery become outstanding in the eyes of the regulator?

outstanding nursery

The proportion of nurseries judged 'Good' or 'Outstanding' at their last inspection now stands at 95 per cent.  The importance of an outstanding rating for a nursery cannot be understated; outstanding nurseries often have long waiting lists and find it easier to recruit good quality staff.  But what does a provider need to do to achieve such a rating when it is only awarded to approximately 19 per cent of nurseries? Rachel Birks, Partner in the Regulatory team at law firm Ward Hadaway in Manchester, has some pointers.

Roll up, roll up, Kidtropolis, the greatest kids’ show on earth is back!


Kidtropolis announces 2017 dates and an exciting new line-up

Kidtropolis, the UK’s best show for children is back, bigger and better than ever before. Taking place at ExCeL London during October half term, from Monday 23rd October – Thursday 26th October 2017, Kidtropolis is a family event for children aged 12 and under and their parents and guardians.

Packed to the point of bursting, with live shows, children’s character favourites, exciting entertainment, popular brands and endless activities; families won’t find this much fun, all under one roof, anywhere else in the UK. And here’s a little taster of what’s to come at Kidtropolis 2017…

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.