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Staffordshire-based regional chain Footsteps Day Nurseries has acquired Lollipops Day Nursery in Stafford, bringing the company’s nurseries to 10 settings in total.
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A nursery in Widnes has expanded with the opening of a second setting after receiving a £75,000 grant from the Merseyside Jobs and Growth Fund (MJGF), which has more than £2m of funding available still for established businesses from the Liverpool City Region looking to expand.
Settings wishing to become more environmentally-friendly can now access an early years themed eco pack with resources on sustainability.
Ofsted is to collect additional evidence on behaviour as part of inspections to find out how the early years affect later attitudes to learning at school.
Nurseries across the country are being hit by cuts to funding and increased costs, leading many to close ahead of the introduction of the 30 free hours.
Councils will receive a new minimum rate of £4.30 an hour in the new early years funding formula, the early years minister has confirmed.
Caroline Dinenage visited the Co-operative nursery in Swindon, the first in a series of visits to the area trialling the 30-hour childcare offer.
The gap between the quality of early years provision in poorer areas of the country and the more affluent has narrowed during Sir Michael Wilshaw's time as chief inspector.
A family-owned children’s nursery business in Greater Manchester has expanded after transforming a former church into its second venue.
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