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Babies are missing out on vital health checks because of public health budget cuts

Charley Walker, News Editor (08-Dec-16)

Spending cuts are preventing 95 per cent of health visitors from adequately protecting and supporting mothers and babies, according to a new survey. The Institute of Health Visiting’s State of Health Visiting.....

Academics to explore whether iPads are beneficial for children's development

Sue Learner, Editor (08-Dec-16)

Academics from Sheffield University are embarking on a new research project exploring the influence technology has on children’s learning, social interactions and play, from birth up to the age of four. Dr.....

Almost three quarters of parents with a child with a learning disability 'feel unwelcome in public'

Charley Walker, News Editor (07-Dec-16)

Mencap is calling on the public to be more accepting and understanding of disability after a survey found that 70 per cent of parents said they have felt unwelcome when out in public with their child. While.....

Early years education 'much improved' says Ofsted chief

Angeline Albert, News Editor (01-Dec-16)

'The quality of early years provision continues to rise’ with 91 per cent of all active early years providers now good or outstanding, the chief of education watchdog Ofsted reports. In his fifth and final.....

Childcare minister meets Swindon's 30 hours nursery managers

Angeline Albert, News Editor (29-Nov-16)

Early years minister Caroline Dinenage has met with nursery managers piloting the Government’s 30 hours free childcare plans in Swindon and is 'thrilled' to see doctors and nurses take up the offer. In the.....

Should parents lie to children about Father Christmas?

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (25-Nov-16)

Telling ‘porky pies’ is a morally ambiguous exercise and while told knowingly for selfish purposes are for the most part unacceptable, there are some acceptable degrees of lying, if it means keeping 'Christmas alive' for as long as.....

Top ten tips to help young children be kind

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Nov-16)

Children under the age of six are working hard at being kind and tolerant but parents still feel there is much to learn, according to new research. Not always telling the truth, not interrupting when someone.....

Lack of extra funding from Chancellor is 'a missed opportunity', says early years sector

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Nov-16)

As Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Autumn Statement today, early years charities criticised the Government’s lack of action to help families who are ‘working around-the-clock’ to make ends meet. There.....

Busy Bees staff share best practice through International Teachers Exchange Programme

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Nov-16)

Busy Bees nurseries in Derby (Heatherton), Solihull (Blythe), St Albans (Hospital) and Mardley Hill recently welcomed childcare professionals from their sister nurseries in Singapore and Malaysia to share best practice methods in.....

Autumn Statement: Nurseries and 'Just About Managing' families desperate for extra help

Sue Learner, Editor (21-Nov-16)

There has been speculation that the Chancellor will announce extra childcare measures in the Autumn Statement to help JAM families who are ‘just about managing’. Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver his.....

Children in Need helped William, aged three, take his first steps

Angeline Albert, News Editor (18-Nov-16)

Three year-old William was born with a rare genetic condition, so it took him longer to walk and do all the other things a toddler would do, but money from Children in Need has helped give the little boy a better chance in life......

'Outdated cultural' concepts still rife: Half of men say Shared Parental Leave makes them seem 'less of a man'

Sue Learner, Editor (18-Nov-16)

Over half of men who have taken Shared Parental Leave worry it wasn’t in the best interests of their child and say those who do take it risk being seen as “less of a man”, according to a new survey. The.....

Internet overtakes television as top media pastime for five-year-olds

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

Children as young as five are spending around 15 hours each week on the internet, overtaking the time spent watching a television for the first time, according to new research. Ofcom’s report on Children.....

'Desperate need' for early years intervention as Welsh children start school struggling to speak

Charley Walker, News Editor (14-Nov-16)

The charity Save the Children is calling for the Welsh Government to provide more speech and language support in early years settings, after it found that children starting primary school display worrying language difficulties. Nearly.....

Young babies at risk if in car seats for longer than 30 minutes

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

Newborn babies are at risk of suffocating if left in their car seat for a journey lasting more than 30 minutes, researchers warn. Doctors say very young babies whose neck muscles are not strong enough to.....

Wales gets six '30 hours free childcare' pilot areas

Angeline Albert, News Editor (09-Nov-16)

Six local authorities in Wales have been chosen to test out the 30 hour free childcare offer for three and four-year-olds. The childcare offer will be piloted in Wales from September 2017 in Gwynedd, Anglesey,.....

Childcare minister seeks views for staff skills rethink

Angeline Albert, News Editor (07-Nov-16)

The early years minister Caroline Dinenage is considering reinstating Functional Skills as an alternative to GCSE English and maths for Level 3 nursery practitioners and is urging the early years sector to tell her what skills the.....

Toys R Us holds 'autism-friendly' Christmas shopping hour

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (28-Oct-16)

Branches of Toys R Us across the UK are set to hold a ‘quiet’ shopping hour to help children with autism and additional needs. The event will take place on the morning of Sunday 6 November and will offer.....

Childbase Partnership conquers the Pyrenees for charity

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (27-Oct-16)

Courageous nursery practitioners have conquered the Pyrenees in a four-day expedition to help raise over £4,500 for Children’s Air Ambulance, which has just one helicopter covering the country, reaching only one in every three children.....

Communication training for parents reduces severity of autism in children

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (26-Oct-16)

An early intervention aimed at helping parents communicate with their child has been shown to have an effect on reducing the severity of autism characteristics, new research has revealed. Published in The.....