THOUSANDS of parents in Edinburgh are set for a big increase in nursery charges after the owners were hit by soaring business rates.
NURSERY school leaders have warned they will have to charge parents more to fulfil the government's pledge to give every child access to a nursery teacher if more public funding is not provided.
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A NURSERY without walls, where children play outdoors all day, is proving so popular with parents that it has become a full-time service.
A FALL in the number of nursery teachers could lead to the "dismantling" of the whole pre-school education system, teaching leaders warned.
CHILDREN, staff and parents at a city nursery are celebrating after it received the best ever inspection report in Scotland.
THE number of nursery teachers in Scottish state schools has rapidly declined over the past three years, potentially damaging the prospects of many youngsters before they even start formal education.
A NURSERY nurse from the Capital has come second in a UK-wide competition, despite leaving school unable to read or write.
PARENTS are having to give up jobs to look after their children after the local council told them it would no longer provide them with full-time nursery places.
THE number of parents borrowing from grandparents to help meet childcare costs has doubled in the past year.
A CHILDREN'S nursery owner was yesterday fined £2,500 in the first criminal prosecution over the national minimum wage.
CLOSING nursery schools will not be enough to ease Edinburgh City Council's financial shortfall, it emerged yesterday.
MORE than 120 schools and services are to be hit tomorrow as thousands of council workers stage a one-day strike over swingeing cuts and possible redundancies.
View the full list of 122 schools and service hit by strike here
VANDALS trashed a toddlers' Wendy house for the fourth time in six months as part of a "hate campaign" against their nursery.
TODDLERS who are left in nurseries for seven hours a day are more "antisocial, worried and upset" than others, government research has found.
TWO children at an Edinburgh nursery school are being treated for scarlet fever.
FINANCIAL experts have criticised the management of a Craigmillar childcare organisation that is trying to find additional funding to stay open.
A CHILDREN'S nursery, where youngsters were force-fed out-of-date food, was yesterday facing possible closure following a detailed investigation by the Care Commission.
YOU may hear the cry "let children be children" but, with spiralling personal debt and a lack of entrepreneurial skills across the board, teaching business basics to infants could be the answer.
NURSERY fees in Scotland are increasing at almost twice the rate of those in England, according to a report.