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Nurseries given guidance on new legal duties to tackle extremism

Sue Learner, News Editor (01-Jul-15)

Early years providers have been given advice on how to help protect children from the risk of radicalisation and extremism. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has issued the advice to clarify the roles of.....

Government's 30 hour childcare offer put in jeopardy by chronic childcare shortages

Sue Learner, News Editor (29-Jun-15)

The Government’s new 30 hour childcare offer will be put at risk by a chronic shortage of childcare places, according to a new report. The new report ‘Access Denied’ by the Family and Childcare Trust reveals.....

Nurseries urged to employ graduates to boost children’s language skills

Sue Learner, News Editor (29-Jun-15)

Nurseries play a vital role in ensuring all children can read well by the age of 11, which is why a literacy campaign group is calling on nurseries to employ at least one graduate member of staff in order to boost children’s language.....

Childcare Reform in Scotland report urges UK and Scottish governments to work together

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Jun-15)

Collaborative working is crucial for childcare sector potential to be realised in Scotland, according to a report published today by the Commission for Childcare Reform. Seeking to establish ‘an ambitious.....

Pre-school Learning Alliance calls for clarity on role of children's centres

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Jun-15)

Children’s centres' performance in England is improving steadily, according to ‘Inspection Outcomes’ figures published today by education regulator Ofsted. As 52 per cent of children’s centre groups are now judged as ‘good’ or.....

Welfare reform: Child benefit protection is too fragile

Richard Howard, News Editor (24-Jun-15)

More parents will be at risk of poverty if imbalances in the Government’s welfare reforms are not addressed, according to the charity 4Children. Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed the Conservative Party’s commitment to reducing.....

Parents urged to stick with fruit and veg during children's 'fussy stage'

Richard Howard, News Editor (24-Jun-15)

Studies carried out by Aston and Loughborough Universities suggest that children can learn to appreciate foods they have previously disliked, even during difficult early years stages when they are discovering new foods and can often.....

Horsham Nursery School realises outdoor play and green space vision

Richard Howard, News Editor (23-Jun-15)

Horsham Nursery School has collaborated with outdoor play specialists Playgarden in order to transform their setting from tarmac and wetpour to green space. Purpose-built in 2008, although the nursery school was satisfied with.....

Government Childcare Bill meets House of Lords opposition

Richard Howard, News Editor (22-Jun-15)

A Conservative election pledge to give parents 30 hours of free childcare a week has drawn strong criticisms from one of the party’s own peers. Speaking at the Bill’s second reading in the Lords, the leader of Richmond Council,.....

Kiddi Caru team complete Snowden challenge

Richard Howard, News Editor (22-Jun-15)

Four members of the Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries head office team have completed their biggest task yet, as part of a fundraising partnership with family support charity Home-Start, raising £6,000 in the process. The.....

Ofsted’s new inspection regime only tested on nine nurseries

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Jun-15)

Ofsted has revealed that only nine nurseries have piloted its new framework for inspecting nurseries, which is being published today. The Common Inspection Framework will be used by inspectors from September.....

NDNA survey reveals parents will work longer when 30 hours of free childcare is introduced

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (10-Jun-15)

Pre-school parents could start to increase the amount of time they spend at work when the Government introduces 30 hours of free childcare per week, according to a recent survey by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA). The.....

Project launched to encourage effective use of Early Years Pupil Premium

Nina Hathway, News Editor (09-Jun-15)

A national charity, Early Education, has launched the Learning Together About Learning project to help settings and schools make the best use of their Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP), which is additional government funding for early.....

Fathers do not read enough to their children says Book Trust

Nina Hathway, News Editor (09-Jun-15)

Mothers read to their children significantly more than fathers - despite the number of stay-at-home fathers in Britain doubling over the last decade. An Ipsos MORI poll on parents' daily reading habits released this week by Book.....

'Austerity measures' affect funding of children's charities and their contribution to services

Nina Hathway, News Editor (08-Jun-15)

Children’s charities have seen their income from the Government fall by more than £150m in twelve months, according to new data published by the Children’s Partnership and the NCVO. This annual survey of.....

Childcare businesses struggling with two-thirds saying they have no plans to grow this year

Sue Learner, News Editor (03-Jun-15)

Around two-thirds of childcare providers have said they have no plans to grow their businesses over the next 12 months, which could prove to be a huge stumbling block to the Government’s plans to double free childcare for working.....

TV game show needs mums to take part in science experiment

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-May-15)

Duck Quacks Don’t Echo, the comedy panel TV game show hosted by Lee Mack, is looking for mums of babies up to the age of 12 months to take part in a science experiment. The show which has been aired on Sky1.....

Virtual Learning Hub launched to improve numeracy across Scotland

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

Early learning and childcare settings in Scotland now have access to their own National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub, established to inspire good practice and to make the most of learning potential. Developed.....

Queen's Speech: Free childcare to double for working parents

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

A commitment by the new majority Conservative Government to more free childcare, confirmed in The Queen’s Speech, has largely been welcomed by the early years sector, although the question of funding remains an ever-present shadow. The.....

Middle income earners urged to assess financial options, as tax-free childcare will not benefit them

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

The Family and Childcare Trust is warning families on middle incomes that the new Government’s Tax-free Childcare Scheme, to be launched this autumn, will be of little benefit to them. While Working Tax Credits are available to.....