Nursery Rhyme Week a roaring success at Stockton care home

Nursery children at care home

ROARY the Lion helped youngsters from Shaw Start Nursery in Stockton celebrate World Nursery Rhyme Week.

The Middlesbrough FC mascot visited The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, to hear the children read their favourite nursery rhymes to the elderly residents.

The event coincided with Hug a Bear Week, so Roary moonlighted as a furry friend for both residents of the care home and nursery children to embrace. He also stopped by Ingleby Care Home, on Lamb Lane, to meet the residents there.

Liz Jones is the Customer Relations Officer for Hill Care, which operates both The Beeches and Ingleby care homes. 

Calling all pipsqueaks! come and join Pip Ahoy!

Pip Ahoy

For all of you craving for the return of the summer, the good news is that Salty Cove will be making its way to Winter Wonderland Manchester this Christmas!
Pip Ahoy! is thrilled to be back this year at Winter Wonderland Manchester 2016 for its fourth year. The festive extravaganza takes place from Saturday, 10th December 2016 to

Monday, 1st January 2017 at EventCity next to the Intu Trafford Centre in Manchester. 

Playforce continues it research into the impact of physical activity and play on children’s health


A 2105 study by the UK’s leading playground supplier, Playforce, demonstrated that investment in school playgrounds increases children’s physical activity and improves behaviour.  This initial study is now being followed up by further research amongst customers into the evidential impact that investment in play areas has for school-age children.

Mark Wood, TCL Group Managing Director for Play, said:  “As part of our commitment to giving every child the opportunity to live a healthy, active life, we're asking customers that have had a Playforce installation in the last 36 months to complete a short survey.  The survey will look at the impact installing a playground has had on physical activity levels, behaviour and positive attitudes to learning”.

Childcare Expo - It’s more than just an exhibition

Childcare Expo

As an Early Years Practitioner, it’s all about preparation, learning and achieving day to day. At Childcare Expo, you can do all of this in one day. By attending the show dedicated to the early years industry, childcare professionals can save both time and money along with filling up their bags and minds with heaps of useful and inspiring knowledge and tools that they can take straight back to their setting.

World Heart Day: The Difference Between Sudden Cardiac Arrest and A Heart Attack


Thursday 29th September marks World Heart Day, an important day committed to raising awareness about the heart and cardiovascular diseases. It is also a great opportunity to help people understand the important role played by their hearts.

The heart is one of the most vital organs in the body and is fundamental to our health. It’s important to care for our hearts to ensure we live a healthy and fulfilling life.

It's reported that approximately 60,000 sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) take place outside of the hospital each year in the UK. When someone suffers from SCA, every minute is critical to their chances of survival. Therefore, it is important that people understand what to do in case of an emergency. 

Stanmore Nursery Scheme breaks £2million mark


BOLTON-BASED Stanmore Insurance Brokers are celebrating after breaking the £2million mark in premiums for their specialist nursery insurance scheme dot2dot.

The firm launched the enterprise back in 2003 to provide comprehensive cover and bespoke packages to the childcare sector.

Since then dot2dot has grown into one of the UK’s leading insurers for the sector covering 70,000 children in more than 1,700 nurseries throughout the UK and protecting in excess of£1.7bn in assets.

Healthy eating starts with you – how to be a positive food role model for your child

One of the biggest challenges many parents face is having a picky eater in the family. Many children become fussy with food around the age of 18-24 months, often forming the start of a long term battle for many parents.

The Government recommends that all children eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, but research suggests that only 1 in 5 children achieve this - with many pre-schoolers often having days where they eat no fruit or vegetables at all. In contrast, the average child consumes more than three times the maximum amount of processed sugar recommended.

School nursery insolvencies up 80% in just a year as living wage hits


• 29 nurseries and nursery chains fell into insolvency last year, up from 16 in 2014/15 

• High staff-child ratio results in spiralling costs for nurseries

The number of nurseries falling into insolvency in England and Wales has almost doubled in the last year, as 29 nurseries became insolvent compared to just 16 during 2014/15, an increase of 81%*, says Moore Stephens, the top ten accountancy firm.

Moore Stephens adds that the introduction of the National Living Wage** has increased staff costs, which has piled further pressure onto nurseries. 

Moore Stephens says that whilst many nurseries would prefer to keep childcare fees low, the financial strain they are under has forced some to raise fees which risks pricing parents out of the market.