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Pre-school Learning Alliance publishes post-election early years manifesto

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (19-May-15)

The Pre-school Learning Alliance has revealed the contents of their post-election manifesto for the consideration of the new Conservative Government. The ‘Early Years Agenda’ focuses on three main areas including; funding, Ofsted.....

Effect of meningitis on memory and IQ still evident in children one year on

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-May-15)

Research into the lasting effect of severe illnesses such as meningitis and septicaemia has shown that problems can remain evident over a year after having the illness. The study, funded by the Meningitis Research Foundation.....

Designer wins international award for innovative children’s play device

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

The International Design Award has been won by a postgraduate student who has created an innovative product to help children ‘learn through play’. The ‘Many Happy Re-Turns’ is made out of corrugated cardboard.....

Sam Gyimah reappointed as Childcare Minister

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-May-15)

Conservative MP Sam Gyimah has been reappointed as Childcare Minister and will continue to be responsible for education and childcare within the Department for Education. He was first appointed into the role.....

PACEY childcare survey reveals practitioners championing learning through play in the early years

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-May-15)

Childcare practitioners want children to be free to learn through play and a greater emphasis placed on natural playing as opposed to structured learning to ‘let children be children’. The findings come as Professional Association.....

BBC One television show looking for families for second series of 'Eat Well For Less'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (11-May-15)

After a successful first series, the cost-cutting TV show 'Eat Well For Less' has been commissioned for a second series. BBC One are looking for families to take part and be helped to reduce the cost of their weekly shop through.....

Nursery leaders call on new Conservative Government to honour childcare funding review promise

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-May-15)

The three big childcare organisations, NDNA, Pre-School Learning Alliance and PACEY, have been quick to remind David Cameron of his pre-election promise over childcare funding. The Conservatives won the General.....

New Tory Government urged to invest in and prioritise early intervention

Sue Learner, News Editor (08-May-15)

The Early Intervention Foundation is urging the new Tory Government, which has won the election with an outright majority, to invest in and prioritise early intervention. The Prime Minister kept hold of the.....

Nursery group crowns winners of 'Busy Bees Goes Wild' competition

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (06-May-15)

Busy Bees nursery group has announced the winners of their 'Busy Bees Goes Wild' winter nature scrapbook competition by revealing the winning scrapbook to 237 of their nurseries across the UK. The creative project was launched.....

Charities launch drive to recruit more young men into childcare

Nina Hathway, News Editor (05-May-15)

The Fatherhood Institute is working with London-based partners in the early years and youth sectors to increase the recruitment of young men aged between 16 and 24 into the childcare profession. The charities.....

Charities urge early intervention regarding social problems affecting children and young people

Nina Hathway, News Editor (05-May-15)

The next government must follow through on manifesto promises and its “moral duty” to invest in and prioritise early intervention and prevention, a coalition of leading charities have warned. Analysis by.....

UK Childhood Cancer Research Conference returns to London

Richard Howard, News Editor (30-Apr-15)

Launched last year thanks to the joint efforts of charities Bethany’s Wish, the UK Wilm’s Tumour Charity and the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group, the success of the first UK Childhood Cancer Research Conference, in reaching.....

Children's book publishers drop 'for boys' and 'for girls' labels after eight-year-old's petition

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Apr-15)

‘No books should be “FOR GIRLS” or “FOR BOYS”,’ begins a letter written by an eight-year-old girl named Els to Scholastic Book Club, after she had picked up a book about pirates only to find it labelled ‘FOR BOYS’. Although.....

Children who have witnessed parental break-up face a heightened risk of psychosomatic problems

Richard Howard, News Editor (28-Apr-15)

Swedish researchers claim that a new study of psychosomatic problems in teenagers has singled out parent separation and divorce as major contributing factors, particularly where sole custody of a child is a resulting factor. Taking.....

New gene therapy era will change the lives of children who inherit severe immune conditions

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-Apr-15)

A major breakthrough in gene therapy techniques has been announced by a research team financed by children’s charity Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The team, based in London and collaborating with a centre in Paris and trial.....

Charity reports record Foodbank use with children accounting for more than one third of those benefiting

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (22-Apr-15)

Foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust, has released a report highlighting a record number of people receiving support from foodbanks in the last year. The figures show more than one million people in the.....

Lib Dems outline plan to improve status of early years teaching in party manifesto

Julia Corbett, News Editor (16-Apr-15)

Raising the status of early years workers and improving the quality of early years teaching have been highlighted as key issues for the Liberal Democrats in its manifesto. Nick Clegg revealed plans to increase.....

Conservatives promise to double free childcare entitlement in manifesto

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

The Conservatives will double the current free childcare entitlement for all three and four year olds from 15 hours a week to 30 hours a week if they stay in power after the general election on 7 May. Publishing the party’s manifesto.....

Labour pledge to restore Sure Start centres as 'family hubs'

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

Releasing the Labour manifesto, leader Ed Miliband has pledged to prioritise early intervention and restore the role of Sure Start centres in communities to give families the ‘best start in life’. Mr Milibandpublished the party’s.....

Calls for early years teachers in every nursery welcomed by NDNA

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (09-Apr-15)

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has welcomed a new report published by Read On, Get On titled 'The Power Of Reading'. Supported by Save the Children, the report calls for there to be early years teachers in all nurseries.....