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Change to entry requirements for EYE apprenticeship approved by new childcare minister

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Aug-14)

Achieving a C grade in GCSE maths and English has been changed from an entry to an exit requirement for people completing the Early Years Educator (EYE) apprenticeship. The new Early Years Educator apprenticeship standard has been published..... read full article

Big Issue helps social enterprise firm acquire nursery in north west England to boost local jobs

Nina Hathway, News Editor (20-Aug-14)

Big Issue Invest (BII), the social investment arm of The Big Issue magazine, has loaned £75,000 to a Salford-based social enterprise, Social adVentures, to help it acquire a local day care nursery – Cheeky Monkeys – to help promote local jobs..... read full article

Wiltshire nursery closed by Ofsted after woman arrested

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Aug-14)

Regulatory inspection body Ofsted has closed the Little Angels Nursery located in Calne, Wiltshire after a woman was arrested on Saturday. A Notice of Suspension posted outside the nursery stated: “The purpose of the suspension is to allow..... read full article

Childcare costs 'tough to manage' for nearly half of British families

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Aug-14)

The cost of childcare has been described as ‘tough to manage financially’ by 45 per cent of families in a new report on the pressures facing modern family life today. The ‘Family Generations and Financial Pressures’..... read full article

Prime Minister pledges to 'support and strengthen' family life

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Aug-14)

More relationship counselling services, an improved adoption process and extra support for new parents will be announced by David Cameron today to do more to help families stay together. The Prime Minister will describe family as the key..... read full article

Charity urges children to reconnect with nature and have a Wild Summer

Sue Learner, News Editor (14-Aug-14)

The Wildlife Trusts has launched a free guide to help families create their own nature adventures. My Wild Summer is a wildlife and activity guide jam-packed with ideas and information, complemented by online offerings..... read full article

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Nurseries urged to take disabled children and recognise 'that everyone in the world is unique'

Sue Learner, News Editor (06-Aug-14) article from 'Features' section

MPs recently described the struggle, many families with disabled children go through to get childcare, as “shocking”. A cross-party group of MPs and peers held an independent Parliamentary inquiry into childcare..... read full article

Profile: 'I know the story is a success when the children ignore me completely and just talk to the puppets,' says innovative Scottish storyteller

Nina Hathway, News Editor (06-Aug-14) article from 'Profiles' section

Story telling is an age old art and one that remains important in today’s early year settings. Scottish story teller, Ailie Findlay, the co-founder of the Flotsam & Jetsam storytelling and puppet theatre company, is increasingly..... read full article

Bilingual nurseries can make children more creative, tolerant and better at solving problems

Julia Corbett, News Editor (01-Aug-14) article from 'Features' section

Bilingual nurseries in the UK are helping children to form a foundation to become fluent in multiple languages, with languages such as Welsh, Irish, French and Spanish firmly part of the normal nursery day. Parents..... read full article

Nurseries see new childcare minister as 'opportunity for a fresh start'

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Jul-14) article from 'News Analysis' section

The early years sector has welcomed the appointment of Sam Gyimah as the new minister responsible for childcare and the early years, calling it an “opportunity for a fresh start”. Mr Gyimah replaces Elizabeth..... read full article

New childcare minister is Sam Gyimah

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Jul-14) article from 'News Analysis' section

Sam Gyimah, MP for East Surrey, who was recently appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education, has confirmed on Twitter he will be responsible for childcare and the early years. Mr..... read full article

Nursery chain holds its first inclusion conference training day

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Jul-14) article from 'Innovative Nursery' section

The nursery chain, Kiddi Caru, has shown its commitment to inclusion being a core ethos of its nurseries, by holding its first inclusion conference training day. The training day was attended by all of its..... read full article

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Upcoming Day Nursery Exhibitions & Conferences

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QCF Level 2 Paediatric First Aid

Date: Saturday 13 Sep 2014 – Sunday 14 Sep 2014   Location: Coalville, Leicstershire
Organiser: HDP Education Solutions Ltd   Contact: 01530 451217   more details   website

Childcare Expo Midlands

Date: Friday 26 Sep 2014 – Saturday 27 Sep 2014   Location: Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Organiser: Childcare Expo   Contact: 01425 838393   more details   website

Childcare Expo

Date: Friday 26 Sep 2014 – Saturday 27 Sep 2014   Location: Ricoh Arena
Organiser: Connect Childcare   Contact: +44 (0)1425 838393   more details   website

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Scottish NMT Agenda & Awards

Date: Tuesday 02 Sep 2014   Location: Hilton Hotel Glasgow
Organiser: Connect Childcare   Contact: 020 7720 2108   more details   website

Upcoming Day Nursery Events & Open Days

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Explorers Day Nurseries, Stay and Play

Date: Friday 09 Aug 2013 – Friday 26 Sep 2014
Organiser: Explorers Day Nurseries (Welwyn Garden City)   Contact: 01707 351406   more details

kidsunlimited Summer Learning Fun Club

Date: Tuesday 01 Jul 2014 – Friday 29 Aug 2014   Location: Nationwide
Organiser: kidsunlimited Nurseries   Contact: 0845 365 2166   more details   website

Holiday Club

Date: Thursday 24 Jul 2014 – Tuesday 02 Sep 2014
Organiser: Dappledown House Nursery   Contact: 01400250358   more details   website

Bramley Pips Exploration Camp

Date: Thursday 24 Jul 2014 – Tuesday 02 Sep 2014   Location: Morton
Organiser: Bramley Pips Nursery & Pre-School   Contact: 07751106280   more details   website

Livingston Nursery Baby Group

Date: Friday 08 Aug 2014 – Friday 07 Aug 2015
Organiser: Livingston Nursery   Contact: 0800 085 4074   more details   website

Open Day & Open Week

Date: Saturday 16 Aug 2014 – Friday 22 Aug 2014
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