Nursery school

Starting Nursery – how to prepare your child

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, starting pre-school, Moving house, Family, Children, Childcare
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Starting nursery school is a big step for both children and their parents.  For many it will be the first time they have regular and substantial separation from each other and in addition it marks the beginning of the child’s path towards increasing independence. This often gives rise to mixed feelings in both: children have ...

Spread your wings little bird

by ParentalChoice
in starting pre-school, Parenting, nursery
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Given that it is the time of year when many children are starting nursery for the first time I wanted to write about how it feels for Mum (or Dad but I’m using Mum because I am one) watching their little bird spread their wings into a whole new world. In the name of research I ...

Childcare costs – the stark reality

by ParentalChoice
in Children
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The Daycare Trust and Family and Parenting Institute today published their Childcare Cost Survery for 2013. Shockingly, but unsuprising to most of us paying for childcare, it showed that nursery, childminder and after-school club services are all rising at a rate of 6 per cent which is more than double the rate of inflation. They ...

“More Great Childcare” but what’s the cost?

by ParentalChoice
in nursery, Children, Childcare
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Parental Choice attended the Policy Exchange today for the Minister of Education and Childcare, Elizabeth Truss‘ speech on “More great Childcare – raising quality and giving parents more choice.”. You can read the transcript of the speech yourself at http://www.policyexchange.org.uk/modevents/item/elizabeth-t...

Choosing a nursery, the NDNA’s advice

by ParentalChoice
in starting pre-school, nursery
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Picking the right childcare for your family is a difficult task. Choosing a first nursery can be daunting and making the right choice is important for you and your child.  We asked Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) to share her tips on choosing a nursery. Quality Make sure that t...

Don’t cry Mummy, I’m only going to nursery…

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, nursery, Children
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Our guest blogger Clair Maskell is back. Next week is going to be the biggest test for me since my daughter was born. At two years and two months old, she will be starting pre-school two mornings a week. It is something lots of parents are dealing with at this time of year, and it ...