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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.....

York nurseries kick-start rebellion against Government’s 30 hours free pilot

Angeline Albert, News Editor (12-May-16)

More than 30 major early years providers in York have rejected the Government’s pilot scheme offering working parents double the amount of free childcare per week, because they can’t afford to participate. The.....

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.....

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.....

Rewarding children with food could lead to emotional eating

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (11-Apr-16)

Parents who use controlling feeding practices with their children, such as using food as a reward or a treat, could be unintentionally teaching their children to rely on food to deal with their emotions. According.....

Government U-turns on 'unfair' baseline assessments for reception pupils

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

The Government has been forced to rethink its plans to use reception baseline assessments to measure pupil progress, prompting relief from those who campaigned against it. Optional reception baseline assessments.....

High calorie diets put Britain's toddlers at risk of obesity

Angeline Albert, News Editor (06-Apr-16)

Britain’s toddlers are consuming more calories, protein and salt, putting them at risk of obesity say researchers at University College London (UCL). A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition,.....

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'.....