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Technology and work pressures blamed for damaging family quality time

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Apr-14)

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has found 56 per cent of teachers believe children spend a lot less time with their families than they did 20 years ago. As many as 74 per cent of education… read full article

Parents benefit from new children’s centre offering self-defence and first-aid classes

Julia Corbett, News Editor (16-Apr-14)

Parents are being given the opportunity to learn self-defence, first aid and even another language at a new children’s centre in Datchet, Berkshire. The extra opportunities will form… read full article

Timmy the lamb visits winning nursery to reward sport relief fundraising

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Apr-14)

Popular Cbeebies character Timmy the lamb visited Kiddi Caru Harlow nursery last week after the nursery won an exclusive competition set by BBC Sport Relief for nursery group Kiddi Caru. This… read full article

Disability nursery gets facelift with help from local housing volunteers

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Apr-14)

Volunteers from Aspire Housing will be transforming a nursery for children with special needs in Newcastle-under-Lyme next week by decorating and furnishing the nursery’s new purpose built family room. The… read full article

Call for children’s centres to become priority ahead of 2015 general election

Julia Corbett, News Editor (14-Apr-14)

Parents and practitioners of children’s centres have been reflecting on their experiences of the service and its future ahead of the general election in 2015. First created by the Government in 1997 and… read full article

Charity slates political parties for not putting ‘best interests’ of the child at the heart of early years policymaking

Nina Hathway (09-Apr-14)

Joining the debate as to whether universal childcare provision is a good thing or not, a charity called Save Childhood Movement argues the case for a better balance between economic aspirations and child and family… read full article

Scottish parents face toxic mix of rising costs and lack of childcare places

Nina Hathway, News Editor (07-Apr-14)

The Family and Childcare Trust warns that a combination of above-inflation price rises together with patchy childcare provision is putting pressure on families in Scotland. The warning… read full article

Investment and innovation the goal for Devon and Cornwall based day nursery operator

Richard Howard, News Editor (04-Apr-14)

South West England based nursery group Happy Days has secured a new investment package of £3.9m, allowing for further expansion of its childcare settings. The investment follows five… read full article

Department for Education vows to end ‘red tape burden’ for childminders

Julia Corbett, News Editor (28-Mar-14)

Education and Childcare minister Elizabeth Truss has announced plans to improve support, training and advice for childminders to increase childcare options for parents throughout the country. The Government… read full article

Children to be tested in the first few weeks of starting school

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Mar-14)

Children in reception classes in England are to be tested in the first few weeks of starting school, the Government has announced. The Department for Education (DfE) said a reception baseline… read full article

Local responses to child neglect in England too variable, according to regulator

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Mar-14)

Local authorities and safeguarding children boards need to improve their understanding of why children can become neglected, according to a report published today by education regulator for Ofsted. Drawing reviews… read full article

Children living where water is fluoridated have less tooth decay

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Mar-14)

Children living in areas where the water is fluoridated have less tooth decay, than other areas of England, according to a new report. The report by Public Health England reveals that… read full article

Many nurseries can’t afford to employ graduates despite obvious benefits

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Mar-14)

Lack of funding from local authorities is preventing many nurseries from employing graduates, despite their input being highly beneficial. A study carried out by National Day Nurseries… read full article

Parents need right information to prevent Vitamin D deficiency in under-fives

Julia Corbett, News Editor (21-Mar-14)

Public health campaign 'Vitamin D Mission' has been created to improve awareness of ensuring the diets of under-five’s contain enough vitamin D and organisers want healthcare professions to do more to provide advice… read full article

Ofsted calls for views on proposed introduction of separate judgement for school nurseries

Julia Corbett, News Editor (21-Mar-14)

A proposal set out by Ofsted to change the way nurseries attached to schools are graded and judged has been announced by the regulatory service. Ofsted are planning to introduce separate grading and judgements… read full article

Childcare charities respond to 2014 budget

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Mar-14)

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a freeze on council tax, fuel duty and a raise of the personal tax allowance to £10,500 to accompany yesterday’s announcement which revealed a £2,000 tax break for working… read full article

£2,000 childcare tax break for working parents welcomed by nursery organisations

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-Mar-14)

The Government has announced a new tax-free childcare scheme, of up to £2,000 tax relief on childcare a year, for all children under the age of 12. The new childcare package was announced… read full article

Charity launches new measurement framework to show positive impact of children’s centres

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Mar-14)

An evidence and measurement framework is being launched for all children’s centres to ensure the core purposes of the centres are being met nationally. Children’s charity 4children has launched the framework… read full article

Tragedy of childhood cancer the focus of new national conference

Richard Howard, News Editor (13-Mar-14)

A new conference has been announced looking into the ordeal of childhood cancer, which will explore crucial issues that include barriers to research, funding and GP awareness. The National Childhood Cancer Conference… read full article

4Children urges Government to guarantee quality, affordable childcare to help disadvantaged children

Nina Hathway, News Editor (12-Mar-14)

Charity report calls for wide-ranging childcare reforms to lift children out of poverty. In a report entitled The Childcare Guarantee, 4Children, the national charity for children… read full article