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Funding a key issue for nursery leaders in the General Election

Sue Learner, News Editor (05-May-15)

There have been a lot of childcare pledges in the lead up to the General Election offering cheaper and more flexible childcare to parents. However, there has been very little said in terms of help for nurseries.....

Organic and long-life milk can be harmful to a child's IQ

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Apr-15)

New research carried out by University of Reading scientists has resulted in some alarming findings regarding a reliance on organic and long-life milk, linked to the importance of iodine for healthy brain development. Having.....

Childcare: Early Education lays out key challenges for incoming Government

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Apr-15)

Enhanced professional skills and more hours of available childcare for parents are two key issues, the British Association for Early Childhood Education wants to see prioritised by the next Government. Outlined.....

Parents are to blame if very young children are obese

Richard Howard, News Editor (28-Apr-15)

A growing number of obese young children can be directly linked to parenting issues, according to research carried out by an Exeter University team. Furthering their EarlyBird Study work, which explores how different stages of.....

General Election 2015: Childcare has become a political football

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Apr-15)

Childcare has become a key feature of the election battleground, with the political parties trying to outdo each other with pledges of more free childcare places and tax cuts. The number of working mothers.....

Teachers vote to boycott testing of four-year-olds

Sue Learner, News Editor (09-Apr-15)

Teachers at the recent NUT conference voted to boycott baseline testing of children in their first few weeks of primary school. The Government plans to start rolling out the scheme in Reception classes in.....

As study links higher IQ and breastfeeding, Dr Christian Jessen assures mums not breastfeeding, ‘your baby will be fine’

Julia Corbett, News Editor (30-Mar-15)

A recent study has claimed the longer a baby is breastfed for the more likely they are to have a higher IQ, earn more and spend longer in education than those who are not. However, some people have claimed.....

Mandatory first aid paediatric training for all nursery staff following tragic nursery death

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Mar-15)

All newly qualified staff with a childcare level 2 and 3 qualification will be required to have an emergency paediatric first aid or full paediatric first aid certificate, under new Government proposals. The.....

Childcare minister announces £2m funding for integrated early years and health checks

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Mar-15)

Childcare minister, Sam Gyimah, has announced funding of £2.2m for local authorities to help them implement the new joined-up early years and health checks for two-year-olds. The reforms will give parents.....

Childcare minister praises nurseries for setting a 'consistently high bar'

Sue Learner, News Editor (04-Mar-15)

Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah held a reception for over 120 early years professionals to thank them for helping him in his “moral mission” to give parents the best possible childcare. The guests, which included.....

Disadvantaged children must be made a priority by new Government, says Lords Committee

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (24-Feb-15)

The incoming Government has been urged to consider the way the budget for childcare and early education is allocated by the Lords Committee. The House of Lords Committee for Affordable Childcare has expressed concern that the.....

Nick Clegg calls nursery leaders 'a bolshie lot'

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Feb-15)

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg ended up calling nursery leaders “a bolshie lot” after he was harangued at an early years conference and forced to defend Government policies such as getting more two-year-olds into schools and the.....

Cost of nursery care rises 33 per cent in five years

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Feb-15)

The cost of a part time nursery place for under two-year-olds has risen by 33 per cent in the last five years, the Family and Childcare Trust has found. The average cost of part-time childcare for under.....

Only one in five parents read to their children before bedtime

Nina Hathway, News Editor (17-Feb-15)

Parents are failing to find the time to read to their children, with time-pressed mums feeling the burden more than most, according to new research Although three-quarters of parents believe that reading.....

Sex and relationships education should be statutory subject for five-year-olds

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Feb-15)

Age appropriate sex and relationships education (SRE) should be introduced as statutory subjects into primary school for children as young as five, the Education Committee has recommended. The Education.....

Ofsted sees new inspection framework as most significant change in its history

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Feb-15)

England’s education regulator, Ofsted, has announced details of a new ‘Common Inspection Framework’ that all early years settings will be subject to, as well as schools and academies. The Framework will target making childcare.....

Petition launched against testing of four-year-olds

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (26-Jan-15)

In recent months, there has been growing concern in nurseries and among early years practitioners, regarding the proposed introduction of baseline assessments for four-year-olds. Early Education (The British Association for Early.....

Childcare minister urges councils to give nurseries business rate relief

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

Fears about business rates for day nurseries raised by National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) have prompted minister for childcare, Sam Gyimah, to ask local councils in England to offer a discount to private day nurseries. The.....

Nurseries forced to increase fees to parents due to Government funding shortfall

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Jan-15)

Nurseries are being forced to increase their fees to parents who pay for additional hours or for younger children not eligible for funded places to make up the funding shortfall, according to a new survey. The.....

Nursery staff could be asked to judge whether children are at risk of radicalisation

Richard Howard, News Editor (06-Jan-15)

A Government consultation document which accompanies the Coalition’s Counter-Terrorism Bill, has drawn criticism from numerous quarters for including a proposal that children with the potential for becoming terrorists should be spotted.....