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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.....

North and West Wales see huge drop in childcare places

Sue Learner, Editor (28-Sep-16)

Wrexham and Denbighshire in North Wales and Pembrokeshire in West Wales have between them lost over 400 childcare places over the past year. While Monmouthshire in South Wales has seen the biggest fall with a loss of 235 childcare.....

Poole nursery rated Outstanding for 'children's exemplary behaviour' and 'learning to take turns'

Sue Learner, Editor (27-Sep-16)

Ofsted has rated Tops Day Nursery in Parkstone, Poole, Outstanding after a recent inspection. Inspectors found the manager monitors children’s progress accurately and thoroughly, ensuring appropriate support.....

Council refuses to collect dirty nappies of three year olds who 'should be potty-trained'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (27-Sep-16)

A council in Wales has refused to collect the nappies of children aged three and older as part of its new nappy collection service, because it argues parents should have potty-trained them by this age. 'Potty.....

'Stub out smoking in children's playgrounds' environmental health officers demand

Angeline Albert, News Editor (26-Sep-16)

No smoking zones should be extended to open spaces including children’s playgrounds, public parks, zoos and theme parks environmental health officers have said. Smoking has been illegal in the UK’s enclosed.....

Children as young as two are being targeted by border police say campaigners

Angeline Albert, News Editor (26-Sep-16)

Parents are being urged to withhold details of their child’s nationality and country of birth from a census, which human rights campaigners say is being used against them to police Britain’s borders. From.....

Feeding babies eggs and peanuts early may reduce risk of allergies

Charley Walker, News Editor (21-Sep-16)

Infants who are exposed to egg and peanuts in the first few months of their lives may be less at risk of developing an allergy to the foods later in life, a recent study has found. Research by Imperial College.....

Young children 'unaware of risks' when approaching frightened dogs

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

According to new research, children understand the risks of approaching an angry dog but are ‘unaware’ they should show the same caution around frightened dogs. Researchers of the study (presented at the.....

Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy gains accreditation to offer apprentices GCSEs

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

Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy has announced its new status as an accredited provider of GCSE qualifications in Maths and English to aid apprentices in fulfilling the exit requirements for their Level 3 Early Years qualifications. Government.....

Women need more support so they can 'sustain breastfeeding'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (13-Sep-16)

The UK has the lowest rate of breastfeeding in the world, with only one in 200 women breastfeeding their children after they reach their first birthday, according to new research published in The Lancet. Swansea.....

Pregnant women in South West urged to get whooping cough vaccine

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (12-Sep-16)

Pregnant women are being urged to have the whooping cough vaccine, particularly in the South West, as cases of the potentially fatal cough have risen by more than 25 per cent, according to NHS England. Despite.....

Young children 'still exceeding' daily sugar recommendation

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (12-Sep-16)

Children aged four to ten are consuming twice as much sugar as they should, while older children have three times the recommended daily amount, a major survey has revealed. According to the National Diet.....

Pre-school Learning Alliance launches interactive funding calculator for early years providers

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (09-Sep-16)

Nurseries now have an online calculator to help them understand how proposed changes to early years funding are likely to affect them next year. The Pre-school Learning Alliance’s tool requires practitioners.....

'Time to Read' campaign urges parents to share more reading experiences with young children

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (08-Sep-16)

To mark International Literacy Day (8 September), BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, launched its first ‘Time to Read’ campaign to encourage families to spend more time reading together, even when children are.....

Nurseries get chance to quiz Government about funding

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

Childcare providers are being given the go ahead to quiz Department for Education officials about the Government’s funding formula consultation. Those in the early years sector can attend one of a number.....

Nursery chain launches campaign encouraging parents to never miss a 'wow moment'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (06-Sep-16)

Busy Bees Childcare is launching a campaign to bring nursery staff and parents closer together, ensuring they never miss important milestones or ‘wow moments’ while away from their children. Research carried.....

Over 3,000 nursery children affected after childcare charity enters administration

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

Financial difficulties affecting 4Children, the charity which cares for 3,200 children in its nurseries, has led to the business being wound up. The charity which had 142 children’s settings across Britain,.....

Number of nurseries going bust this year rises by 81%

Angeline Albert, News Editor (31-Aug-16)

Nursery closures have almost doubled in the last year having risen by 81 per cent, new figures reveal. No less than 29 nurseries became insolvent in England and Wales in 2015/16 compared with just 16.....

Outstanding nursery to charge 75p per hour extra for 'free childcare'

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

The owner of an Ofsted-rated Outstanding nursery will charge working parents 75p an hour extra when their child becomes eligible for the Government’s 30 hours ‘free’ childcare and says other nurseries are taking similiar steps to.....

Lifelike baby dolls designed to stop teenage girls getting pregnant are having opposite effect

Sue Learner, Editor (26-Aug-16)

A popular intervention programme, where teenage girls are given a lifelike baby doll to look after, so they can see how hard and tiring it can be caring for a baby, has been found to have the opposite effect. The.....