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'Outrageous and out-of-step': Andrea Leadsom suggests male childcarers might be paedophiles

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (15-Jul-16)

The newly appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom has suggested it would be ‘sensible’ not to appoint a man to look after young children in case he might be a paedophile. Speaking to.....

80,000 children missing out on free early years education

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (14-Jul-16)

Ofsted is calling for disadvantaged two-year-olds to benefit from the free early years education that they are entitled to. Their latest report, 'Unknown Children - destined for disadvantage?' has revealed around 80,000 eligible.....

Childcare Minister promises long-awaited workforce strategy ahead of 30-hours introduction

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (13-Jul-16)

Participating in a debate on Tuesday 12 July on school readiness and early years development, Childcare and Education Minister Sam Gyimah promised MPs that the new early years workforce strategy would be published soon, to coincide.....

GCSE entry requirements creating an early years recruitment crisis

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (12-Jul-16)

There has been a worrying decline in the number of people in enrolled in Level 3 Early Years Educator (EYE) courses, research conducted by Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) has revealed. Almost three.....

Thumb-sucking and nail-biting children 'less likely to develop allergies'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (11-Jul-16)

Children who grow up sucking their thumbs or biting their nails could be less likely to develop allergies, researchers at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand have revealed. The.....

Health services urged to 'do more' for children at risk of harm

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (08-Jul-16)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued a call to healthcare staff and leaders to do more to identify and listen to children at risk of harm. The ‘Not seen, not heard’ report has revealed that health.....

Government changes to entry requirements for English and maths will ensure 'high-quality childcare'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (05-Jul-16)

Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has announced that people looking to work in childcare will be given more help to reach the high levels needed to give children the best start in life. Childcare apprentices.....

Brexit: How it will impact on children in the early years

Sue Learner, Editor (01-Jul-16)

The UK was left divided on 23 June, when 52 per cent of the country voted for the UK to leave the European Union and 48 per cent chose to stay. After that, the pound went into freefall, Prime Minister David Cameron said he was stepping.....

'Dreadful' child poverty figures reveal two thirds of poor children live in working families

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (30-Jun-16)

The number of children living in poverty has increased by 200,000 to 3.9 million (after housing costs) during 2014-15, figures from the Department for Work and Pensions have revealed. The Households Below Average Income (HBAI).....

More than 500 children living with Type 2 diabetes

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (17-Jun-16)

There are now reportedly more than 500 children living Type 2 diabetes, figures in the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) have revealed. Local.....

MPs warn free 30 hour childcare offer is at risk

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (15-Jun-16)

MPs have raised concerns over the Government’s plans to extend free early education and childcare in a new report, published by the Public Accounts Committee. The report warns of a lack of providers willing to provide the additional.....

UK parents reportedly 'the worst' at sharing childcare responsibilities

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (14-Jun-16)

This Father’s Day, British men are expected to spend just 24 minutes caring for their children, compared to every hour spent by mums, according to the Fatherhood Institute's Fairness In Families Index (FIFI). The.....

Nursery sector thriving: With demand from buyers strong despite 30 hour childcare offer

Sue Learner, Editor (08-Jun-16)

The nursery sector has already had a ‘very busy and buoyant’ first quarter with one of the UK’s leading property brokers selling more than one nursery every week. Christie & Co’s quarterly childcare sector.....

Government concedes and ups funding after York nurseries say no to 30-hour childcare pilot

Sue Learner, Editor (27-May-16)

The Department for Education has announced it will increase funding for nurseries in York after they flatly refused to take part in the 30-hour childcare pilot due to start in the region this summer. More.....

Nurseries launch nationwide networking movement in fight-back against 'inadequate' Government funding

Sue Learner, Editor (20-May-16)

Nurseries are forming a nationwide networking movement so they can collectively campaign for better funding from the Government. As part of the campaign, they have launched a petition on the Government’s petition website calling.....

Deaf children are not receiving vital support in their early years

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (12-May-16)

One decade on from the introduction of newborn hearing screening, new research has revealed that the benefits of hearing screening at birth are being lost, with one quarter of parents of deaf babies not being given the support they.....

Montessori nursery boss criticises qualifications rules saying 'I myself don’t have GCSE maths'

Sue Learner, Editor (26-Apr-16)

A boss of a Montessori nursery has criticised the Government for its policy which stipulates that Level 3 Early Years Educators must have at least a grade C in GCSE maths and English. If they do not have.....

Childcare providers fear 30-hour offer could result in closure

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (20-Apr-16)

Almost half of UK childcare providers have said they fear they could be forced to close as a result of the 30-hour free entitlement offer, a survey conducted by the Pre-school Learning Alliance has revealed. The survey found that.....

Government criticised as disadvantaged children lose out on primary school places

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (19-Apr-16)

Parents of young children across the UK have just found out whether their child had been accepted into their chosen primary school. Though many parents were able to breathe a sigh of relief, many families were left disappointed after.....

Sugar causes major rise in tooth-extractions on young children

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (15-Apr-16)

The cost of removing decayed teeth in young children has soared by 66 per cent in the last five years, leading to fears that young children’s ‘sugar addiction is spiralling out of control’, according to new research. The.....