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Nurseries to decide how they spend Early Years Pupil Premium

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

Nurseries will be free to decide how they spend the Early Years Pupil Premium, a £50m fund, that has been launched to help boost the development of children from disadvantaged families. The Department for… read full article

Childcare sector criticises Labour for supporting Tory policy of school for two-year-olds

Sue Learner, News Editor (23-Jun-14)

The Pre-School Learning Alliance has said it is “disappointed” that Labour is adopting some of the Government’s “more ill thought-out childcare policies”, including its plan to increase the number of school nurseries. In… read full article

IPPR report calls for more affordable childcare and a greater qualified workforce

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

The Institute for Public Policy Research has called for greater free childcare entitlement for families in a report published today on reforming and improving life for people in Britain. The report, titled… read full article

New Ofsted inspection framework judged 'fair and secure' but fails to answer sector dilemmas

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Jun-14)

England’s education regulator has reported on successful trials of its new inspection framework, which has been designed to combine four previously separate areas. Having carried out eleven of the new inspections that cover protection,… read full article

Thousands of mothers 'shut out of labour market' could benefit from Labour’s childcare plans

Julia Corbett, News Editor (08-May-14)

Labour’s future childcare plans to extend free childcare from 15 hours to 25 hours a week could help 100,000 mothers back into the work environment. The analysis was conducted by the House of Commons library using data from the… read full article

Childcare for disabled children in England under the spotlight

Richard Howard, News Editor (01-May-14)

Highlighting the problems families with disabled children face when sourcing childcare is the challenge of an independent Parliamentary Inquiry, launched today. Established to seek out long-standing problems… read full article

NUT considers boycotting testing of four-year-olds

Sue Learner, News Editor (23-Apr-14)

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) is considering a boycott of the new reception baseline assessment tests, which are to be introduced in all state schools in England in September 2016. At its annual conference,… 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 called early excellence… 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 wellbeing.… read full article

Ofsted accused of favouring 'narrow tests and assessments' over quality early years education

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Apr-14)

Controversy surrounding the benefits of formal testing during the early years period is likely to continue for some time following the publication of a major Ofsted report today. The regulator’s Early Years… read full article

Ofsted chief tells inspectors to check nursery children are 'school-ready'

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Mar-14)

Ofsted’s chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw, is placing a heavy emphasis on teaching and learning in nurseries and has called on early years inspectors to focus on “evaluating whether children are being adequately prepared for the… read full article

Forty per cent of babies and toddlers missing out on crucial bond with parents

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Mar-14)

Forty per cent of babies and toddlers in the UK do not have a strong attachment to their parents and have a greater risk of developing both educational and social problems later on in life, a report by Sutton Trust has revealed. Children… read full article

'Our childcare system isn't fit for purpose' warns the Family and Childcare Trust

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

Leading voices from around the childcare sector have issued responses to new research from the Family and Childcare Trust, which has shown the price of part-time childcare for a family of two children to have overtaken the price of… read full article

Government criticised for ignoring functional skills route to Early Years Educator qualification

Sue Learner, News Editor (26-Feb-14)

Early years organisations have criticised the Government for refusing to accept the functional skills route as a valid pathway to the Early Years Educator qualification. The National College for Teaching… read full article

IPPR calls for universal affordable childcare

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

The Institute for Public Policy Research has suggested the UK should be working towards a system which sees childcare account for just 10 per cent of a family’s income. In its report on maternal employment in the UK, the national… read full article

Schools urged to take toddlers to ease childcare crisis

Sue Learner, News Editor (04-Feb-14)

From this September, schools will no longer have to register with Ofsted to take two-year-olds. The Government is introducing the legislation to make it easier for school nurseries to take very young children. It… read full article

Childcare and Early Years survey finds low-income families failing to meet costs

Richard Howard, News Editor (31-Jan-14)

Leading childcare organisations have responded to a Department of Education survey by calling upon the Government to give more financial help to parents during the early years of a child’s life. The Department’s… read full article

Academics urge Government to delay free childcare scheme

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Jan-14)

Leading early years experts from Oxford University are calling on the Government to delay expanding free nursery provision for disadvantaged two-year-olds over fears early years staff are not qualified enough. In… read full article

Purpose of children’s centres questioned in Education Select Committee report

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Dec-13)

The Government needs to clarify what the core purpose of Sure Start children’s centres is, a group of MPs warned in an Education Select Committee report. MPs behind the report want the Government to focus on the role of Sure… read full article

Think tank calls on Government to offer universal state-funded childcare through children's centres

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Dec-13)

The Government needs to offer universal childcare through ‘community institutions such as children’s centres that bring children and parents together’, according to a report by IPPR. The interim report of… read full article