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Early years minister reveals new minimum childcare funding rate

Angeline Albert, News Editor (02-Dec-16)

Childcare minister Caroline Dinenage has announced a minimum rate of £4.30 per hour for early years providers, as part of a ‘fairer funding system’. The new funding rate means early years providers receive.....

Scotland's early years minister announces free childcare trials

Angeline Albert, News Editor (16-Nov-16)

Scotland’s childcare minister has announced that Edinburgh, Aberdeen and the Scottish borders will begin trialling the Government’s free childcare offer for three and four-year-olds from January 2017. Aided.....

Childcare bosses 'furious' over Good Morning Britain's 'negative' and 'unbalanced' criticism of nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (15-Nov-16)

Nursery owners have reacted angrily to suggestions on ITV’s Good Morning Britain that there is a low standard of care in English nurseries. Gill Jones, deputy director of early education at Ofsted, was forced.....

Proportion of Good and Outstanding nurseries hits highest level ever

Charley Walker, News Editor (15-Nov-16)

The number of nurseries on the Early Years Register (EYR) rated Good or Outstanding has increased from 84 per cent to 95 per cent since August 2015, according to Ofsted’s latest early years statistics. The.....

Bright Horizons acquires UK's third biggest nursery group, Asquith Day Nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (14-Nov-16)

Bright Horizons has acquired Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre-Schools, taking its total number of nurseries in the UK to over 300, overtaking Busy Bees, the current largest nursery group with 267 nurseries. Asquith,.....

Nurseries in Wales to benefit from funding for Level 2 and 3 childcare courses

Angeline Albert, News Editor (11-Nov-16)

The Welsh Government is to fully fund Level 2 and Level 3 courses, worth up to £4.7m for people working in early years in Wales. With the aim of upskilling nurseries’ current employees who are over the.....

High Court backs nursery's fight against inadequate Ofsted rating

Angeline Albert, News Editor (08-Nov-16)

A nursery has had its ‘unlawful’ and ‘irrational’ Ofsted rating thrown out by the High Court and its report by the watchdog quashed because the setting's inspectors had ‘inadequate‘ evidence. The Old Co-Operative.....

Babies' first gestures reveal future language development

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

According to new research, babies' first gestures are a reliable indicator of how their language will develop. Many parents believe their infant's first word is the most important milestone in learning to.....

Shortage of nursery teachers across England puts children at risk of falling behind

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (01-Nov-16)

A new report by Save the Children highlights a shortage of 10,000 trained early years teachers across England, leading to calls for the Government to invest urgently in the sector. The charity warns that.....

Scottish parents can choose a nursery for free childcare under new reforms

Charley Walker, News Editor (17-Oct-16)

Scotland’s First Minister has revealed plans to offer parents greater flexibility and choice in childcare provision, giving them the opportunity to choose which nursery they use for free childcare for the first time. In.....

Two-thirds of boys living in England's most deprived areas will be overweight or obese by 2020

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

The latest obesity figures highlight the growing gender and wealth gap, revealing that as many as three in five boys born in England's most deprived areas are expected to be overweight or obese by 2020. The.....

Jeremy Corbyn appoints Tulip Siddiq as shadow childcare minister

Angeline Albert, News Editor (10-Oct-16)

Tulip Siddiq has been appointed to the role of shadow minister for early years in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s freshly-reshuffled shadow cabinet. The Hampstead and Kilburn MP, who gave birth to her daughter.....

Nurseries hopeful of U-turn on GCSE requirement after minister's comments

Angeline Albert, News Editor (10-Oct-16)

Nurseries and leaders of the early years sector have been cheered by the childcare minister’s view that exam grades "are not the only proof of quality" - an admission she made when asked about GCSE requirements for early years practitioners......

Nurseries face business rate rises despite DfE call for exemption

Angeline Albert, News Editor (30-Sep-16)

Nurseries are bracing themselves for business rate rises of up to 115 per cent from April next year, despite the Department for Education (DfE) urging councils to make childcare settings exempt from business rates......

Jeremy Corbyn unleashes tough-talking mum and new early years taskforce

Angeline Albert, News Editor (28-Sep-16)

Newly re-elected Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, fresh from his victory over rebellious Labour MPs, is looking to reinvigorate his party with the help of a new childcare taskforce and a no nonsense mum. Having.....

Government told to rethink 'free' childcare or nurseries will shut

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

Hundreds of nursery schools would be forced to close if the Government doesn’t change its 30 hour free childcare pledge, a teachers’ union has warned. According to the National Association of Head.....

Interactive books could 'hinder' children from learning new words

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

Books with interactive lift-the-flap and pop-up features could prevent young children from learning words, a new study has revealed. Picture books often include 3D features which are thought to encourage.....

Nurseries urged to apply for Millie's Mark - the 'gold standard' in paediatric first aid

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (01-Sep-16)

Millie’s Mark, the new quality mark for excellence in paediatric first aid has been launched, allowing nurseries to begin working towards the criteria they need to achieve the award. The certificate will.....

Families struggle to find suitable childcare for children with learning disabilities during school holidays

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (25-Aug-16)

Parents with a child with a learning disability are finding it difficult to access childcare services during the school summer holidays. In a survey conducted by learning disability charity Mencap, four out of five parents with.....

New and expectant mums to benefit from £365m worth of mental health support

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

The NHS has revealed plans for a new programme that will help more than 30,000 new and expectant mums who experience serious mental health problems. The programme will support them to receive the right care at the right time, and.....