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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.....

Parents and nurseries warned about scarlet fever outbreak

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (14-Apr-16)

Public Health England (PHE) has reported a continued increase in cases of scarlet fever across England with a total of 10,570 cases reported since September 2015. Scarlet fever is mainly a childhood disease.....

Nurseries encouraged to stay open for longer to help working parents

Angeline Albert, News Editor (05-Apr-16)

Nurseries are being asked to consider Government proposals to extend opening times from 6am to 8pm and open at weekends. The proposals are an attempt by the Department of Education (DfE) to look at how nurseries.....

Youtube animation mocks Cameron's wish for champagne nurseries based on soft drink prices

Angeline Albert, News Editor (04-Apr-16)

Nurseries have got together to create a YouTube animation that condemns Prime Minister David Cameron's free childcare policy which it says expects champagne-style nurseries to be delivered at lemonade prices. Members.....

Neuroscientists call for qualified teacher in every nursery saying early years are 'critical time for brain'

Sue Learner, Editor (30-Mar-16)

Leading neuroscientists and child development experts have joined forces with Save the Children in a campaign to make the Government realise the massive impact that the pre-school years can have on brain development. They.....

Dads urged to read to their children to give them vital literacy boost

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (22-Mar-16)

The National Literacy Trust is urging dads to get involved with their children’s early literacy development by reading to them. A new survey conducted by the Trust found that half as many fathers as mothers said that they have.....

Nursery where toddler choked to death on raw jelly fined almost £200,000

Angeline Albert, News Editor (22-Mar-16)

Dickie Birds Nurseries, the owner of an early years setting where a toddler choked to death, has been fined £197,000 in court after pleading guilty to health and safety breaches. Twenty-two month-old.....

Limited outdoor space in nurseries 'hinders children's learning'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (18-Mar-16)

Many early years providers have limited and inadequate outdoor space to support children’s outdoor learning, according to new research. A recent survey led by Learning through Landscapes (LTL) and the Early.....

Chancellor announces plans for sugar tax on sugary drinks to improve children's health

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (16-Mar-16)

George Osborne has delivered his eighth Budget as Chancellor and has revealed there will be a new sugar tax on the soft drinks industry to be introduced in two years' time, raising £520m which will be spent on primary school sport. It.....

Nursery practitioner struck off after verbally abusing children and staff and performing Nazi salute

Sue Learner, Editor (11-Mar-16)

Nursery worker Sharon McIndoe has been struck off, after the Scottish Social Services Council heard she had performed the Nazi salute in front of children and threatened to burn a boy’s father’s shop down if he put glitter in the.....

Ofsted takes back control of 'inconsistent' nursery inspections

Angeline Albert, News Editor (01-Mar-16)

Ofsted is taking back control of the management of early years inspections from April 2017 and will not renew the contracts of firms operating on its behalf, following pressure from nurseries for the watchdog to deliver 'consistent'.....

Thousands of young children missing out on free nursery places

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Feb-16)

A concerning increase in local authorities reporting gaps in childcare provision has been revealed by the Family and Childcare Trust's 2016 Childcare Survey, which also shows that the costs of childcare have stabilised, rising just.....

Over half of nurseries say they cannot afford to offer 30 hours of free childcare

Angeline Albert News Editor (17-Feb-16)

The majority of nurseries across England have admitted to being unsure or unlikely to commit to extending the number of free hours they offer, despite the Government’s pledge to give parents 30 free childcare hours a week. Research.....

Burglars urinate on babies' cots and soft play equipment in 'appalling' spate of attacks on Southampton nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (16-Feb-16)

Paint Pots Nurseries in Southampton has been the victim of a spate of burglaries and vandalism leaving the owners and staff “appalled and dispirited”. Over the last week, burglars have broken in five times.....

Storytelling 'stretches children's vocabularies' and extends their ability to learn

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (04-Feb-16)

In celebration of National Storytelling Week, Schools Minister Nick Gibb has highlighted the importance of storytelling, of children being read to and told stories, not only in the years before they start school but throughout their.....

Government announces 30-hour childcare pilot areas

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (02-Feb-16)

The Government has announced that eight local authorities will share £13m to help prepare for the introduction of the expanded childcare allowance. A further 25 areas will share £4m to work together as ‘Early.....

Government urged to implement radical 'sliding scale' scheme where high earners pay more for childcare

Sue Learner, Editor (27-Jan-16)

Next year £7.2bn of public funding will be spent on childcare, yet the system is not delivering for families in poverty, according to a charity. The Family and Childcare Trust is calling on the Government.....