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Parents to face holiday childcare struggle as number of places drop

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

The number of childcare places available across the country is reported to have decreased significantly according to the annual Holiday Childcare Survey, published by the Family and Childcare Trust. The study highlights the problems.....

Disadvantaged two-year-olds missing out on free early years education

Richard Howard, News Editor (13-Jul-15)

According to England’s care regulator, Ofsted, early years provision has never been performing better, as shown by inspection results that find 85 per cent of settings are now judged to be ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. While early years.....

Chancellor announces cuts to Child Tax Credits and introduction of National Living Wage in Summer Budget

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (09-Jul-15)

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has revealed the first Summer Budget under the new Conservative Government, citing plans to introduce a new National Living Wage and reductions to Child Tax Credits. In.....

Nurseries given guidance on new legal duties to tackle extremism

Sue Learner, News Editor (01-Jul-15)

Early years providers have been given advice on how to help protect children from the risk of radicalisation and extremism. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has issued the advice to clarify the roles of.....

Child poverty campaigners remain unconvinced on welfare reform arguments

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Jun-15)

Cutting a national welfare budget the Conservative Party sees as ‘bloated’ is one of the Government’s key priorities for this Parliament, with Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, arguing in Parliament that cuts have so.....

Government calls for evidence to support upcoming childcare funding review

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (19-Jun-15)

The Government has called for evidence to support and inform a new review into childcare funding in England. The call is open to replies from nurseries, private and voluntary day care, early years organisations, parents, children.....

Ofsted announces new Common Inspection Framework

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (18-Jun-15)

At an event in London, Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, announced plans to introduce the Common Inspection Framework (CIF) in September as a new means of education inspection to be carried out by Ofsted. The conference.....

Children should have access to iPads from birth says new research

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

Children benefit from sensory stimulation more when using iPads than books, according to new research conducted by the University of London. The research group studied 36 children aged six and ten months old, monitoring how easily.....

Childcare leader criticises Ofsted for rating nurseries on 'ambiguous British values'

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

Nursery providers have asked for more clarity on what Ofsted inspectors define as British values, with the National Day Nurseries Association chief calling the whole concept ‘ambiguous’. The comments were.....

Childcare leader warns nursery fees will 'rocket' if Government fails to increase funding

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

Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of National Day Nurseries Association, has called on the early years sector to work together and have a “strong, powerful voice” so the Government offers nurseries “a significantly enhanced hourly rate”.....

David Cameron fast-tracks plans to double free childcare for working parents

Sue Learner, News Editor (01-Jun-15)

The Prime Minister is bringing forward plans to double free childcare for working parents and has pledged to review childcare funding before the summer. The Childcare Bill will double free childcare for all.....

Government childcare plans will not work without a motivated workforce

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-May-15)

The Queen’s Speech confirmed the Government’s commitment to its pre-election childcare commitments. However as well as drawing criticisms over a lack of adequate funding, however, the new Conservative Majority may find itself poised.....

Scottish councils accused of putting political ideology ahead of children's needs

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-May-15)

Most of Scotland’s councils do not allow parents adequate access to government-funded childcare, according to the independent, non-party think tank Reform Scotland. Naming Glasgow Council as one of the poorest performing authorities.....

Sam Gyimah reappointed as Childcare Minister

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-May-15)

Conservative MP Sam Gyimah has been reappointed as Childcare Minister and will continue to be responsible for education and childcare within the Department for Education. He was first appointed into the role.....

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.....

Charities launch drive to recruit more young men into childcare

Nina Hathway, News Editor (05-May-15)

The Fatherhood Institute is working with London-based partners in the early years and youth sectors to increase the recruitment of young men aged between 16 and 24 into the childcare profession. The charities.....

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.....