Press release from: Tops Day Nurseries
Tops Day Nurseries, were awarded the ‘Top 20 Top Rated Nursery Group 2021’ Award from daynurseries.co.uk. This award recognises Tops Day Nurseries as one of the 20 top rated Nursery Groups in the UK based on over 57,000 published reviews on daynurseries.co.uk.
The team across Tops Day Nurseries were thrilled to receive the award and some of the Nursery Managers wanted to share how proud and honoured they were to be recognised.
Stephanie Ridealgh, Nursery Manager at Tops Boscombe said; “Here at Tops Boscombe we feel proud to be recognised for our commitment and hard work. Every day is a different opportunity to come with new ideas and encourage the children in their development journey, we all are proud to be part of this big family and is a pleasure to be noticed in this business.”
Jasmine Hindle, Nursery Manager at Tops Salisbury said; “We are honoured to be part of the Tops Day Nurseries family and love seeing such wonderful comments from our parents/carers. At Tops Day Nursery Salisbury we are so passionate about our roles and strive to offer the children in our care the best opportunities whilst having fun and keeping them safe.”
Catherine Yates, Trainee Manager at Tops Wimborne also commented; “Here at Tops Wimborne we are so proud to have received this certificate as a company, we all work so hard to make our nursery a welcoming place for parents and their children so to know we are in the “Top 20 Recommended Large Nursery Group in the UK” is just amazing!
Tops Day Nurseries have over 30 nurseries across the South and South West. The award winning childcare provider offers early education and care for children aged 3 months to school age, as well as before, after-school and holiday clubs for children up to 11.
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The DfE has released figures which reveal a fall in demand for ‘free childcare’ places.
- The number of eligible two-year-olds registered to receive funded early education entitlements has fallen by 13% to 124,500 in 2021.
- The number of three and four-year-olds registered to receive from funded early education has fallen by 5% to 1,212,000 in 2021.
- The number of three and four-year-olds registered to receive from extended early education has fallen by 5% and is now similar to the number in 2019.
The decrease in the number and proportion of children registered to receive funded entitlements reflect the impact of COVID-19 uncertainty on supply (providers) and demand (parents) for early years provision in January 2021.
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) said: “These newly released statistics are really worrying, not least because of the substantial drop in numbers of eligible two-year-olds taking up places.
“These are the children who really need to take up high-quality learning and care in order to achieve their potential and reduce the widening attainment gap.
“Although we do believe that the impact of Covid may have resulted in some people deferring their child’s places – which could explain some of the reduction in demand – it is still a trend that could damage children’s development and threaten the sustainability of the childcare market.
“The vast majority of funded places are provided by the private, voluntary and independent nursery sector. Our members have told us there has been a reduction in the numbers of parent-paid children, so if funded numbers have also dropped, they will struggle to remain on a firm financial footing. This could put the whole sector in jeopardy.
“The Government must support parents of the most vulnerable children to make sure they take advantage of early years education and also give urgent financial support to the nursery sector to ensure there are enough places available for all children who want and need them.”
The statistics, in full, can be viewed on the government’s website here.
Thousands of children are ‘falling behind in their first five years of life’, are not ready to learn and struggle with their health and wellbeing, reveals an early years manifesto that urges Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “level up” for young children with post-lockdown support.
The stark truth facing the early years sector ‘obstructs’ England’s path to a more prosperous future and ‘we will never truly level up if we don’t recognise this’, states the cross-party Early Years Commission’s manifesto, published by think tank the Centre for Social Justice and the Fabian Society.
Almost all (99%) of the 3,023 adults polled in England last December believed that the early years sector has not been prioritised by the Government during the pandemic, and the Early Years Commission calls for post-Covid-19 support for young children and their parents with action taken by 2030.
More than two million families with children under five live in poverty, and poverty is rising fast in young children, according to the Department for Work and Pensions. At three years old, children in poverty are almost one and a half years behind their more affluent peers when it comes to language development.
The manifesto states action must be taken not just by Boris Johnson’s government but by local government, community organisations, the private sector, parents, and society as a whole with more investment needed.
Purnima Tanuku chief executive of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) said: “The fact that only 1% of the public believe the Government is investing enough in our children’s earliest years is a damning indictment of the current offers.
“We back the commission’s recommendations to address underfunding in early years to make sure providers are sustainable and children are truly at the heart of the policy.”
The full story and manifesto can be read here.
Nursery staff have been advised to use everyday activities like snack times and storytime to teach children about counting, addition, subtraction, time and sharing.
A report published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) recommends early years settings and schools boost the maths skills of three-to-seven-year-olds.
The report says early years practitioners should ‘take advantage of such time to support mathematical development’ in a bid to close the numeracy attainment gap particularly for disadvantaged children.
Professor Becky Francis, chief executive of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) said: ‘It is crucial, then, that we start early and make sure that all young people – regardless of background – have access to great mathematics teaching in the early years and at primary school.
‘Not all children learn the skills they need to succeed. In 2018, just 66% of disadvantaged children achieved at least the expected level of development for numbers at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage compared to 82% of their peers.
‘Once children fall behind, it is hard for them to catch up and they are likely to fall further behind throughout school.’
Early years staff are encouraged to use storybooks, games, songs and rhymes to help young children with maths. For example, the guidance urges staff to ask children to count the feet of different animals in a picture book and show them with their fingers.
The report recommends seizing chances to reinforce children’s mathematical vocabulary. Staff are encouraged to use everyday objects as well as maths resources, to help children develop their understanding of concepts like addition.
Professor Francis, added: ‘Mathematics plays a key role in a child’s development. Very young children are naturally curious, noticing differences in quantity and the shape of objects, and use early mathematical concepts when they play.
‘Mathematical understanding helps children make sense of the world around them, interpret situations, and solve problems in everyday life, whether that’s understanding time, sharing amounts with their peers, or counting in play.’
The full story, as reported by daynurseries.co.uk can be read here.