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.


Green light for brand new Birmingham business park nursery, Wiggles & Giggles


A brand new nursery has been given the green light by Ofsted.

The brand new childcare facility, Wiggles and Giggles day nursery is open for registration and will officially open on 10th July.

Owners say that the 80 place nursery, which will open from 7.30am until 6pm, covers all early years ages, from 12 weeks right up until the children go to reception and has three main rooms, a baby room, a toddler room and a pre-school room, and also a sleep room.

The importance of music in early education


Young children have an almost natural musicality; adoring all sorts of fun, musical interactions, be it through song, rhymes, moving or playing an instrument.  We’ve all seen the joy in a child’s face when they’ve pulled out the pots and pans and are banging away merrily with a wooden spoon or dancing and twirling around the kitchen to an upbeat tune on the radio.


Even from a very young age music can be a powerful mood enhancer making children feel happy, excited, calm or even sad.  Children seem to recognise and appreciate the beauty and transformative qualities that music has to offer. 


Diversity in Doll Play

boy with dolls Playing

Children in an adult world may often feel small and insignificant. Doll play can be instrumental in developing young children’s confidence in their ability to solve problems and interact with their environment. Pretend play, especially doll play, has a crucial role to play in all areas of development for young children.