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'Quality early years teachers ensure quality educational experience', report reveals

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (12-Feb-16)

Registered teachers in the early years sector provide significant value to Scotland’s nursery schools and classes, a new report has found. They study was commissioned by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) and conducted.....

Study reveals too many children in England are losing contact with nature

Angeline Albert News Editor (11-Feb-16)

Some 12 per cent of children in England have not been to a local park, beach or any other natural environment in 12 months, a two year study reveals. A Government survey, which questioned parents over a two.....

App created to help get children 'school ready'

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

A new app has been created to help ease parents’ concerns over their child’s social skills by equipping pre-school age children with the relevant skills they need to be 'school ready'. ‘Ready for School’ is an app which uses fun.....

Olympian backs tax on sugary drinks to help cut childhood obesity

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

A tax on sugary drinks should be introduced as part of a measures to help combat rising levels of obesity in the UK, a think tank paper has revealed. The paper, published by Policy Exchange and authored by double Olympic gold medallist,.....

A 93p an hour pay increase can make 'Good' nurseries 'Outstanding'

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

A pay increase of just under £1 an hour can make the difference between a nursery with a ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating, according to new research. Nurseries and pre-schools across England awarded.....

More needs to be done to keep children safe online, study reveals

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (09-Feb-16)

Educators, businesses and parents are being encouraged to help make the internet a safer place as part of Safer Internet Day 2016. The annual events promotes safe and responsible use of online technology and offers tips and advice.....

The Duchess of Cambridge lends support to Children's Mental Health Week

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (09-Feb-16)

The Duchess of Cambridge has lent her support to children’s mental health charity Place2Be, who have has launched a week long campaign to help build children’s resilience. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who is the Royal Patron of.....

Children's imaginary friends brought to life for new exhibition

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (09-Feb-16)

Creative advertising agency AMV BBDO have brought together some of the UK’s finest creative talent for an exhibition of children’s imaginary friends. The exhibition titled, ‘The Imaginary Friends Collection’ is being held at the.....

Cameron seeks alternative to early years behind bars

Angeline Albert News Editor (08-Feb-16)

Prime Minister David Cameron is planning to give children a better start in life by rethinking pregnant women's treatment in jail and how their babies are cared for, after new figures reveal 100 babies spent time in prison last year......

Outreach programme increases take up of free childcare places

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (05-Feb-16)

An innovative outreach programme aimed at encouraging parents to take up free childcare places in Liverpool, has seen dramatic participation over a six week period. The programme, commissioned by Liverpool.....

'Grandbuddies' project aims to bridge the generation gap

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (01-Feb-16)

Young children from the Ballerup Nursery Centre made a recent visit to Rosaburn House in South Lanarkshire, as part of a new intergenerational community project. The ‘Grandbuddies’ initiative was designed to bring children and.....

'Toxic paint' in playgrounds putting children's health at risk

Sue Learner, Editor (26-Jan-16)

Children’s health is being put at risk by toxic paint on playground equipment, according to environmental scientists who found lead content up to 40 times greater than recommended concentrations. The scientists.....

Scotland needs 650 more nurseries to keep free childcare promise

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

Scotland needs 650 new nurseries to meet the Government’s 30 hour per week free childcare pledge, campaigners say. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has promised that every child will get 30 hours.....

Sugar levels in baby food should match World Health Organisation recommendations

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

The European Parliament has scrapped draft plans that would allow baby food to contain more than three times more sugar than recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The plans were vetoed, following a ruling which indicated.....

More time outdoors could stop children developing short-sightedness

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

The number of short sighted children in the UK has more than doubled over the last 50 years but more time outdoors could help, academics say. Researchers at Ulster University have found a ‘two-fold increase’.....

App created to help parents decide if their baby needs to see a doctor

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

An app has been created to help parents make the decision as to whether their baby needs to see a doctor. The app has been created by charity, The Lullaby Trust, who work to support bereaved families and offer advice on safer sleep.....

Majority of UK under-fives are not getting enough exercise, experts warn

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (20-Jan-16)

The British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health (BHFNC) has published a new manifesto for physical activity in early years settings. The Best Start in Life manifesto establishes key points to ensure.....

Nursery rhyme teaches public how to perform CPR on babies

Angeline Albert, News Editor (20-Jan-16)

For a parent whose baby has stopped breathing, a new nursery rhyme featuring Humpty Dumpty has been created to teach them what to do to save their child’s life. Old nursery characters Incy Wincy Spider, Humpty.....

Education Secretary announces special measures to protect children from extremism

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (19-Jan-16)

The Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has revealed plans for a new resource for parents and education professionals, in a bid to protect children from radicalisation and the ‘spell of twisted ideologies’. The new 'Educate Against.....

Scottish nursery sector gets free training

Angeline Albert, News Editor (19-Jan-16)

Thousands of nurseries in Scotland will receive free early years training until March to help them provide better childcare. National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), a charity representing children’s.....