13th August 2017

Parents fear it’s too late for a September “30 hour free” nursery place due to IT glitches on website

Parents are worried their children will miss out on a 30-hour ‘free’ nursery place this September because families keep hitting brick walls when it comes to applying for it as a result of IT glitches on a government website.

The HMRC’s Childcare Service website has been plagued by technical difficulties and for parents trying to navigate it they have faced errors including false statements that they are ineligible for the ’30 hours’ scheme and some are even informed that their child does not exist.

With some parents who applied via the Childcare Service website finding themselves locked out of their own Tax-Free Childcare accounts and unable to use the website to pay nurseries, Nicky Morgan the former education secretary and now chair of the Treasury Committee has written to the chief executive of the HMRC to demand answers.  Read the full story – daynurseries.co.uk

Family charity, Ormiston Families, purchase Blois Meadow Day Nursery

A LEADING family charity has purchased a nursery and will take over day to day running of the site.

Ormiston Families, a family charity working across the East of England, purchased Blois Meadow Day Nursery, in Steeple Bumpstead.

Ormiston Families, which is headquartered in Ipswich, will run the centre on a not-for-profit basis.

The charity, which operates four other nurseries across East Anglia, will continue to work with Alison Midgley, the previous owner and experienced primary and early years teacher, who took over the nursery in 2012.  Read the full story in the Halstead Gazette

Kids Planet have landed in Congleton & Stockport

Kids Planet Day Nurseries have landed in Congleton. In August 2017, Kids Planet acquired Hilltop Day Nursery, located on Chapel Street and is an 80 place nursery. The nursery provides excellent facilities with large and spacious rooms with a secure outdoor area providing children with the fresh air and outdoor fun. Located in the Congleton area and close to the town centre with close proximity to local parks and libraries.

In July 2017 Kids Planet also acquired Happy Day Nursery, now known as Kids Planet Davennport, in Stockport. The nursery, which has been established for over 40 years, provides excellent facilities with large and spacious rooms and secure outdoor area including mud kitchen providing children with the fresh air and outdoor fun. Located in the Stockport area, the nursery is close to local parks and libraries and is a 60 place setting.  Read more – daynurseries.co.uk

British nurseries learn of potential in China

British nurseries are being encouraged to expand into China as part of a government initiative to market the United Kingdom’s expertise abroad.

The Great Early Years campaign, which is run by the Department of International Trade, aims to send 10 representatives from UK nurseries, nursery chains, and nursery training providers to Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen in September.  Full story – Chinadaily.com

Sisters tranform a former run down care home into nursery in Dovercourt

A RUNDOWN site of a former care home has been reopened as a nursery by two sisters who “fell in love” with the building.

Laura Paternoster and Sian Williams were delighted when Tendring Council approved her plans to turn the former Abbeyfields care home into a day nursery.

They took over the site, in Fronks Road, Dovercourt last year and opened it for children last month.

There are ten children on their books and nine members of staff including a chef and managers.

Laura, nursery practice manager said: “I always thought Harwich was short on places for childcare and having spent my whole life in the industry it seemed like the right time to start one.  Full story – Harwich and Manningtree Standard


Nurseries determined to limit “free” places and charge parents for extras

The majority of nurseries will only offer 30-hours ‘free’ childcare from September, if they impose extra charges to parents and many intend to limit the number of ‘free’ places they provide, new research reveals.

More than half of nurseries will restrict the number of places they can offer, which could leave thousands of parents unable to benefit from their funded entitlement, according to the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA).

Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of NDNA, said: “This latest research echoes what we already knew from our earlier survey this year which showed that one in five nurseries were not planning to offer 30 hours because they just could not afford to do it.”  Read more at daynurseries.co.uk

Busy Bees still on the takeover trail

Busy Bees, the Staffordshire-based nursery business, is back on the takeover trail again, just days after sealing a major international deal.

It is paying £87 million for the BrightPath childcare group in Canada.  Now it has acquired half a dozen UK nurseries to add to the 334 it already operates.

Busy Bees will now be providing care for over 35,000 children aged from three months to five years.  Full story in Express & Star

Put to the vote:  German nursery where children make the decisions

At the Dolli Einstein Haus, constitutional crises are usually solved before breakfast. When one delegate’s motion in favour of rice pudding with cherry compote was roundly defeated the delegates were left facing a hung vote over the choice of french toast or pancake with apple puree. Another council member then demanded sausages with spaghetti. But a second-round runoff broke the deadlock: 12:4 in favour of pancakes, an absolute majority that everyone could live with.

At most nurseries, parents worry that their child will pick up nits, a runny nose or bad language. At the Dolli Einstein Haus in Pinneberg, however, parents hope that their offspring catch a different kind of habit: a taste for democracy.  Read the full story in The Guardian