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Obesity in five year olds can lead to early puberty

Richard Howard, News Editor (28-Jul-14)

New research from Plymouth University has identified a link between childhood obesity and the lowering of the age of puberty. Published in the ‘Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and… read full article

Babies in the womb capable of recognising nursery rhymes

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Jul-14)

The ability of babies to learn even when they are in the womb should not be underestimated, according to researchers, who found unborn babies can recognise nursery rhymes by the time the mother is 34 weeks pregnant. Many… read full article

Criticism over plans for schools to give priority admission to children who attend their nurseries

Sue Learner, News Editor (23-Jul-14)

New admission plans by the Government, will give children from deprived backgrounds who attend a school nursery, priority when applying for a place at the school. The proposal is part… read full article

Childbase Partnership nursery staff embark on £50K fundraising bike ride

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Jul-14)

The boss of Childbase Partnership nursery chain accompanied by five nursery staff are going on a 767 mile fundraising cycle ride, which involves going to every one of the Partnership’s 47 nurseries. The… read full article

Number of Welsh children benefiting from Flying Start rises by a third

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Jul-14)

A third more children in Wales benefited from the early years programme, Flying Start, in 2012-13 compared to 2013-14, according to new figures from the Welsh Government. The Flying Start… read full article

Nurseries see new childcare minister as 'opportunity for a fresh start'

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Jul-14)

The early years sector has welcomed the appointment of Sam Gyimah as the new minister responsible for childcare and the early years, calling it an “opportunity for a fresh start”. Mr Gyimah… read full article

New childcare minister is Sam Gyimah

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Jul-14)

Sam Gyimah, MP for East Surrey, who was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education last week, has confirmed on Twitter he will be responsible for childcare and the early years. Mr… read full article

Nearly third of councils cannot afford new free school meals scheme

Sue Learner, News Editor (17-Jul-14)

The Labour Party claims that nearly a third of local authorities cannot afford to fund the Government’s free school meals scheme, that is being offered to all children in England during their first three years… read full article

Wales joins England in banning smoking in cars carrying children

Sue Learner, News Editor (17-Jul-14)

The Welsh Government has joined England in pledging to ban people smoking in private vehicles when children are present. The ban will protect children from the dangers associated with… read full article

Nursery chain holds its first inclusion conference training day

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Jul-14)

The nursery chain, Kiddi Caru, has shown its commitment to inclusion being a core ethos of its nurseries, by holding its first inclusion conference training day. The training day was… read full article

Lack of summer holiday childcare loses UK economy nearly a million working days

Nina Hathway, News Editor (16-Jul-14)

New research by the Family and Childcare Trust and parenting website Netmums has revealed that almost a fifth (17 per cent) of parents had to call in sick last year in order to manage… read full article

Free early education offer not enough to boost children’s chances, says think tank

Nina Hathway, News Editor (16-Jul-14)

Young children whose parents work for at least 20 hours a week should get up to 25 hours free early education instead of the standard 15 hours offered currently, recommends a new report from leading think tank… read full article

Cabinet reshuffle results in departure of childcare minister Elizabeth Truss and education secretary Michael Gove

Nina Hathway, News Editor (15-Jul-14)

Prime Minister David Cameron’s wide-ranging reshuffle of the Conservative members in his Cabinet has meant that education secretary Michael Gove gains a behind-the-scenes role as chief whip, while childcare minister… read full article

Ofsted introduces separate early years inspection for school nurseries

Julia Corbett, News Editor (11-Jul-14)

Nurseries and early years settings in schools will receive separate Ofsted inspections and graded judgements from 1 September 2014. The announcement has been made after a consultation into… read full article

Ditching technology for one day every week will improve family relationships

Julia Corbett, News Editor (10-Jul-14)

Families should have a ‘no technology day’ once a week to improve the health and fitness of children and boost family relationships. The call has come from the head of membership at the… read full article

GPs and frontline professionals are best placed to act on child neglect

Julia Corbett, News Editor (09-Jul-14)

General Practitioners (GPs) are ideally placed to spot and act on warning signs of child neglect, according to a joint report by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and children’s charity National… read full article

Sugary drinks sales fall following Change4 Life campaign

Julia Corbett, News Editor (09-Jul-14)

Purchases of sugary drinks fell by over eight per cent in January 2014 compared to last year, with a sustained drop in sales of five per cent to May. The Government say the successful drop in sales of unhealthy… read full article

A wide range of organisations want to help families during separation

Richard Howard, News Editor (02-Jul-14)

Helping children to avoid as much stress as possible during their parents’ separation is the focus of a new ‘Mark’ to be awarded by Help and Support for Separated Families (HSSF). The Mark, managed and promoted… read full article

Childcare providers have 'serious concerns' over Tax-Free Childcare scheme being run by Government body

Sue Learner, News Editor (26-Jun-14)

The Government plans to introduce its own Tax-Free Childcare scheme in Autumn 2015, but many childcare providers have raised ‘serious concerns’ over the scheme being run through a single, public sector organisation. A… read full article

Leading childcare charity urges MPs to make childcare number one priority

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Jun-14)

National Day Nurseries Association is challenging politicians to tackle the problems faced by many parents and nurseries over lack of choice and low funding leading to high childcare costs. Purnima… read full article