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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.....

Rewarding children with food could lead to emotional eating

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

Parents who use controlling feeding practices with their children, such as using food as a reward or a treat, could be unintentionally teaching their children to rely on food to deal with their emotions. According.....

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.....

Osborne shakes red lunchbox at trike-riding Boris as five-year-olds lead country

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

Five-year-olds are seen mocking Prime Minster David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s 'childish politics' in a party political broadcast for the Green Party. 'The not so secret life of five-year-old.....

Government U-turns on 'unfair' baseline assessments for reception pupils

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

The Government has been forced to rethink its plans to use reception baseline assessments to measure pupil progress, prompting relief from those who campaigned against it. Optional reception baseline assessments.....

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.....

High calorie diets put Britain's toddlers at risk of obesity

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

Britain’s toddlers are consuming more calories, protein and salt, putting them at risk of obesity say researchers at University College London (UCL). A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition,.....

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.....

East Midland's childcare provider celebrates two 'Outstanding' nurseries

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (21-Mar-16)

Childcare provider, Children 1st is celebrating after two of their nurseries based in the East Midlands were rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in their most recent inspections. Branches, Children 1st @ Main Street, Long Eaton and Children.....

Three-year-old scales 6ft fence in great escape from nursery

Angeline Albert, News Editor (21-Mar-16)

A three-year-old boy successfully scaled a six foot high fence to escape from his nursery, leaving staff wondering how secure their premises ought to be. The toddler executed his dramatic getaway from the nursery.....

Private nurseries in Scotland have funding shortfall of almost £40k

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

Scottish private nurseries are not receiving enough money to meet the cost of free childcare places for three and four-year-olds, according to a survey published by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA). Private.....

Charity launches campaign to raise awareness of safer sleep for babies

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (15-Mar-16)

The Lullaby Trust has launched a new Safer Sleep for Babies animation, in a bid to tackle rising rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) during this year’s Safer Sleep Week (14-20 March 2016). Safer.....

Busy Bees nurseries launch stimulating programme to improve children's mathematical play

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

Two Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd have launched a new, nurturing maths programme, endorsed by children’s author Neil Griffiths, to inspire the early development of maths skills in young children. The Braintree Great Notley.....

Nine out of 10 mums feel guilty and worried about returning to work

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

Nine out of 10 mums feel guilt and anxiety about returning to work after having a baby and fear they will not find the right childcare, a new poll reveals. New research reveals mums are troubled by high.....