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Feeding babies eggs and peanuts early may reduce risk of allergies

Charley Walker, News Editor (21-Sep-16)

Infants who are exposed to egg and peanuts in the first few months of their lives may be less at risk of developing an allergy to the foods later in life, a recent study has found. Research by Imperial College.....

Nurseries urged to sign up for tax-free childcare

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

Nurseries are among the childcare providers across the UK being asked to sign up online for tax-free childcare. Early years practitioners will receive letters in September and October from HM Revenue and.....

Young children 'unaware of risks' when approaching frightened dogs

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

According to new research, children understand the risks of approaching an angry dog but are ‘unaware’ they should show the same caution around frightened dogs. Researchers of the study (presented at the.....

Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy gains accreditation to offer apprentices GCSEs

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

Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy has announced its new status as an accredited provider of GCSE qualifications in Maths and English to aid apprentices in fulfilling the exit requirements for their Level 3 Early Years qualifications. Government.....

Women need more support so they can 'sustain breastfeeding'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (13-Sep-16)

The UK has the lowest rate of breastfeeding in the world, with only one in 200 women breastfeeding their children after they reach their first birthday, according to new research published in The Lancet. Swansea.....

Pregnant women in South West urged to get whooping cough vaccine

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (12-Sep-16)

Pregnant women are being urged to have the whooping cough vaccine, particularly in the South West, as cases of the potentially fatal cough have risen by more than 25 per cent, according to NHS England. Despite.....

Young children 'still exceeding' daily sugar recommendation

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (12-Sep-16)

Children aged four to ten are consuming twice as much sugar as they should, while older children have three times the recommended daily amount, a major survey has revealed. According to the National Diet.....

Pre-school Learning Alliance launches interactive funding calculator for early years providers

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (09-Sep-16)

Nurseries now have an online calculator to help them understand how proposed changes to early years funding are likely to affect them next year. The Pre-school Learning Alliance’s tool requires practitioners.....

'Time to Read' campaign urges parents to share more reading experiences with young children

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (08-Sep-16)

To mark International Literacy Day (8 September), BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, launched its first ‘Time to Read’ campaign to encourage families to spend more time reading together, even when children are.....

Nurseries get chance to quiz Government about funding

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

Childcare providers are being given the go ahead to quiz Department for Education officials about the Government’s funding formula consultation. Those in the early years sector can attend one of a number.....

Nursery chain launches campaign encouraging parents to never miss a 'wow moment'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (06-Sep-16)

Busy Bees Childcare is launching a campaign to bring nursery staff and parents closer together, ensuring they never miss important milestones or ‘wow moments’ while away from their children. Research carried.....

Over 3,000 nursery children affected after childcare charity enters administration

Angeline Albert, News Editor (05-Sep-16)

Financial difficulties affecting 4Children, the charity which cares for 3,200 children in its nurseries, has led to the business being wound up. The charity which had 142 children’s settings across Britain,.....

Number of nurseries going bust this year rises by 81%

Angeline Albert, News Editor (31-Aug-16)

Nursery closures have almost doubled in the last year having risen by 81 per cent, new figures reveal. No less than 29 nurseries became insolvent in England and Wales in 2015/16 compared with just 16.....

Outstanding nursery to charge 75p per hour extra for 'free childcare'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (30-Aug-16)

The owner of an Ofsted-rated Outstanding nursery will charge working parents 75p an hour extra when their child becomes eligible for the Government’s 30 hours ‘free’ childcare and says other nurseries are taking similiar steps to.....

Lifelike baby dolls designed to stop teenage girls getting pregnant are having opposite effect

Sue Learner, Editor (26-Aug-16)

A popular intervention programme, where teenage girls are given a lifelike baby doll to look after, so they can see how hard and tiring it can be caring for a baby, has been found to have the opposite effect. The.....

Children 1st Day Nurseries on the expansion trail

Sue Learner, Editor (25-Aug-16)

Children 1st Day Nurseries, the largest family owned nursery group in the UK, now has 20 early years settings, following the acquisition of two Leek nurseries. The two nurseries located on Buxton Road and.....

Early years students anxiously await GCSE results

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (24-Aug-16)

GCSE students across the UK are anxiously waiting to collect their GCSE results on Thursday (25 August) and make choices about their futures. Across the country, nursery practitioners will also be finding out if they have passed.....

Ofsted chief resigns over 'offensive and damaging' Isle of Wight comments

Sue Learner, Editor (23-Aug-16)

David Hoare, chair of Ofsted, has resigned, following a furore over comments he made saying the Isle of Wight was a ghetto where there was inbreeding, high unemployment and high crime rates. Mr Hoare who.....

Tips for preparing children for starting school

Sue Learner, Editor (22-Aug-16)

It is now only just over a week to go until thousands of four-year-olds start their first day at school. It can be a hugely daunting time both for the child and their parents but there are certain things.....

Rio Olympics 2016 fever grips children across Britain

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

Children as young as one have been kitted out in sporty attire, had their ‘support staff’ apply sunscreen and got active in a series of races in honour of Team GB’s Olympic success in Rio. Double Triathlon.....