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Government concedes and ups funding after York nurseries say no to 30-hour childcare pilot

Sue Learner, Editor (27-May-16)

The Department for Education has announced it will increase funding for nurseries in York after they flatly refused to take part in the 30-hour childcare pilot due to start in the region this summer. More.....

One third of children start school feeling anxious about bedwetting

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (24-May-16)

A new report has revealed that one third of children feel anxious about attending sleepovers because they wet the bed, while almost half of parents (46 per cent) reveal their child is still wetting the bed when they start school. In.....

Methadone responsible for half of toddler deaths from accidental drug poisoning

Sue Learner, Editor (18-May-16)

Methadone, the medicine used to help heroin addicts kick their habit, has been found to be the most common cause of accidental deaths from prescribed drugs among British toddlers. The research published online.....

Two children in every class of five-year-olds have significant language disorders

Sue Learner, Editor (17-May-16)

Around two children in every Year 1 class in primary school will experience a significant language disorder that affects their learning, according to a new study. The UCL-led research into language impairment.....

Junk food advertising facing ban in bid to tackle childhood obesity

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (13-May-16)

Today the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) launched a full public consultation into the introduction of new rules on the advertising of food and drink products to children in non-broadcast media, including online. The.....

Happy Days for nursery group with nine Outstanding ratings

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

Happy Days nursery group has just achieved its ninth Ofsted Outstanding rating and since last summer it has ridden on a wave of success with seven of its Cornwall-based nurseries getting the top rating. The.....

Nearly one quarter of five year olds have tooth decay

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (11-May-16)

Latest figures published by Public Health England (PHE) have revealed that the number of five-year-olds with tooth decay has dropped to its lowest level in nearly a decade. The results of the oral health survey of 111,500 five-year-olds,.....

Nursery vandals shatter children's dreams of playing outside

Angeline Albert, News Editor (10-May-16)

Children at a Glasgow nursery will have to stay indoors indefinitely despite the hot weather, after their garden was trashed by vandals. On Monday May 9, children at Molendinar Family learning centre in.....

Supernanny Jo Frost becomes BookTrust ambassador

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (10-May-16)

One of Britain's leading reading charities, BookTrust has revealed that Supernanny and parenting expert, Jo Frost has become their celebrity ambassador. Jo Frost has starred in a host television shows including: Supernanny, Family.....

Nurseries' views sought on 'unfair' disqualification rule

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

Nursery owners and their staff are being urged to respond to Government plans to change an ‘unfair’ staff disqualification rule. Currently a childcare worker can be disqualified from working in an English.....

Thousands of pulped children's magazines 'could be redistributed to hospitals'

Sue Learner, Editor (29-Apr-16)

Every week over 10,000 unsold comics and magazines are returned from shops and sent off to be pulped. Instead of this, a national waste and recycling company has called for them to be redistributed to hospitals.....

Scottish Labour Party pledges breakfast club in every primary school

Sue Learner, Editor (28-Apr-16)

The Scottish Labour Party has promised Scotland a ‘childcare revolution’ which will include a breakfast club in every primary school. Leader Kezia Dugdale launched the party’s manifesto in Edinburgh, pledging.....

Three in five parents worry their children are not ready to start school

Sue Learner, Editor (27-Apr-16)

Nearly three out of five parents worry their child will not be ready to start school at the age of five, according to a poll by the charity Action for Children. In the wake of these findings, the charity.....

Northern Ireland's nursery admissions rule under fire for 'discrimination' against working parents

Angeline Albert, News Editor (22-Apr-16)

Some parents in Northern Ireland have voiced anger that their children are missing out on nursery places because they are not ‘socially disadvantaged’. Marilyn McGaffin, whose daughter was given a part time.....

Nursery group hit by April's council cuts petitions Government for money now

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

A nursery group is calling on nurseries to fight for more funds after a council cut the amount it pays one of its nurseries by 45p an hour, while other local authorities made no change to their rates......

Parental conflict can 'damage' children's long-term life chances

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

Children that are exposed to parental conflict have poorer long-term life chances and can become suicidal in extreme cases, new research has revealed. A study conducted by the Early Intervention Foundation.....

£300m childcare boost for working families under Universal Credit

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

Parents on Universal Credit (UC) are set to benefit from more support with their childcare costs from today, making it easier to start work or take on more hours. The Department for Work and Pensions has.....

New app advises and reminds pregnant women about vaccinations

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

A new app has been designed and launched by researchers to guide and remind pregnant women about vaccines recommended during pregnancy. The Maternal Immunations (MatImms) app is aimed at pregnant women to.....

Two week Easter break sees children spend almost one week with an iPad

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

No less than 2,000 children in the UK will spend on average six days, 18 hours and 40 minutes on digital devices across the Easter Holidays – that’s almost one full week indoors and online. The online poll.....

All five nurseries run by Mulberry Bush are 'Outstanding'

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

Ofsted inspectors have rated as Outstanding all five nurseries run by the Mulberry Bush Nursery group. The Mulberry Bush Nursery cares for more than 800 children in five nurseries in Bury and is celebrating.....