News - Analysis

Childhood being eroded as parents of four-year-olds worry they are 'falling behind'

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

A group of early years experts, teachers and parents are “increasingly concerned at the pressure that is being placed on children as young as four”, with the target culture in schools creating ‘pushy’ parents who worry their child.....    read full article

'Unacceptable' that only half of five-year-olds achieve good level of development

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

A Government adviser on health inequality has called it “unacceptable” that only just over half of five-year-olds achieve a good level of development. Sir Michael Marmot, director of the University College.....    read full article

Risk needed in children’s play to teach them to cope with the unpredictable

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

Risk needs to be present in children’s play, warns an academic, who says “an overemphasis on safety” could lead to “the emergence of a generation of young people that is less and less able to cope with the unpredictable”. A.....    read full article

Early years leaders welcome Lib Dem pledge to more than triple early years pupil premium

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Aug-14)

A manifesto commitment from the Liberal Democrats to triple the early years pupil premium has been welcomed by the Pre-school Learning Alliance. The early years pupil premium, which currently stands at £300 and is aimed at disadvantaged.....    read full article

New childcare minister changes entry requirements for EYE apprenticeship

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

Achieving a C grade in GCSE maths and English has been changed from an entry to an exit requirement for people completing the Early Years Educator (EYE) apprenticeship. The new Early Years Educator apprenticeship.....    read full article

Teaching nursery children British values is 'dangerous' and implies we are 'morally superior'

Sue Learner, News Editor (13-Aug-14)

Early years organisations have denounced a proposal by the Government, which will mean nurseries will be forced to teach children British values or they will lose their funding. The move announced in the.....    read full article

Nurseries see new childcare minister as 'opportunity for a fresh start'

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Jul-14)

The early years sector has welcomed the appointment of Sam Gyimah as the new minister responsible for childcare and the early years, calling it an “opportunity for a fresh start”. Mr Gyimah replaces Elizabeth.....    read full article

New childcare minister is Sam Gyimah

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Jul-14)

Sam Gyimah, MP for East Surrey, who was recently appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education, has confirmed on Twitter he will be responsible for childcare and the early years. Mr.....    read full article

Ofsted introduces separate early years inspection for school nurseries

Julia Corbett, News Editor (11-Jul-14)

Nurseries and early years settings in schools will receive separate Ofsted inspections and graded judgements from 1 September 2014. The announcement has been made after a consultation into the proposed changes received nearly 1,500.....    read full article

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