Kristen Bell reads her favorite children’s book Quackenstein Hatches a Family

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell took a break from her busy schedule to read her favorite children’s book Quackenstein Hatches a Family for Storyline Online®. Written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallan, illustrated by Brian T. Jones and published by ABRAMS Books, Quackenstein Hatches a Family is a cute and creepy tale told in rhyme about a bitter old duck who adopts an egg and is surprised by what hatches from inside.

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.

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.  


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