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Ofsted meets nursery owner over ‘cultural diversity’ downgrading

The owner of a Lincolnshire nursery which was downgraded from ‘outstanding’ for failing to teach children about cultural diversity has met with an Ofsted regional director today.


Scottish parents call on all parties to tackle 'broken childcare system'

A prominent parent-led campaign group is calling for Scotland’s political parties to fix their ‘broken childcare system’ before promising to double the free entitlement for three- and four-year-olds and...


Childcare brokers report rise in nursery deals

First-time buyers are leading a buoyant market for buying nurseries and childcare groups, according to one of the sector’s leading brokers.


Apprenticeship levy needs 'radical rethink'

The apprenticeship levy, paid by large employers to fund an expansion of apprenticeships, needs a ‘radical rethink’, the CBI will warn today.


Nurseries' warning over 30-hour childcare pilot

The pilot of 30-hour childcare in York is under threat after nurseries warned that the low funding rate puts their businesses at risk of closure.


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EYFS Activities: Birth to two… ‘High play’

Lifting babies up in the air is both a fun and beneficial activity, explains Penny Tassoni


Learning & Development: Gender - Oh, boy!

Thinking in a more challenging way about gender in early childhood can be daunting but is vital to real understanding,...


EYFS Activities - Power Play

Reflections Nursery & Forest School’s new book details its use of ‘storying’. By Marianne Sargent


EYFS Activities - Outdoor Resource Box… Construction

A builder’s outdoor resource box enhanced the children’s play and learning, reports Lyndsey Gardner


Enabling Environments: Collections - Break the Mould

The possibilities of clay as a resource are endless. Nicole Weinstein provides some pointers


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Multi-Agency Working: Part 4 - Multiple Benefits

Having looked at the overarching challenges of multi-agency working, Hannah Crown looks at where settings...


My Best Course - Safer Hiring

Manager Debbie Brown now looks out for ‘red flag moments’ when interviewing as a result of a safer recruitment...


Sustainability: Part 4 - Waste not

Sarah Emerson of Kids Love Nature, and Diane Boyd and Nicky Hirst of Liverpool John Moores University...


HR Update - Managing difficult staff

Our resident expert Jacqui Mann of hr4nurseries gives you seven ways to deal with problem staff

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  • Is adult furniture child's play?

    14 October 2015

    In parts of Finland, staff working in state-funded nursery settings have been told they must use adult-sized furniture. According to one manager, working in an EYFS nursery in Helsinki, the reason...

  • Sunshine and Skolverket in Stockholm

    05 November 2014

    The final part of the Nursery World early years trip to Finland and Sweden was spent in the lovely city of Stockholm.