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Nursery sector has high hopes for social mobility with new Education Secretary

Sue Learner (09-Jan-18)

The nursery sector hopes new Education Secretary Damian Hinds will champion early years policies which tackle disadvantage, due to his previous interest in the social mobility agenda. Damian Hinds has taken.....

School nurseries to take more disadvantaged children with £50m cash boost

Michaela Chirgwin (15-Dec-17)

Education secretary, Justine Greening, has vowed to tackle the gap in social mobility by announcing a £50m cash injection to create more places for ‘disadvantaged children’ at school nurseries. The move.....

Nurseries angry at Ofsted's 'schoolification' approach

Michaela Chirgwin (13-Dec-17)

The new chief inspector of Ofsted has angered the early years community with the findings of her first annual report, which suggests a significant amount of primary schools are not improving year on year due to the ‘weaknesses’ of.....

EYFS teaching is 'failing' reception aged children, says Ofsted

Michaela Chirgwin (30-Nov-17)

Ofsted has criticised the EYFS framework for reception children, saying there needs to be more of a focus on traditional subjects, such as reading, writing and numbers so the curriculum is more in line with Year 1. The.....

Budget 2017 does 'nothing to alleviate' childcare sector's challenges

Melissa McAlees (22-Nov-17)

In his Budget speech, Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed plans for an increase in the National Living Wage (NLW) but offered no additional funding for the early years sector, leaving nurseries 'disappointed' and 'struggling to stay.....

Government says 'no' to early years funding increase in 2018

Melissa McAlees (21-Nov-17)

Most local authorities will not see any increase to their early years funding rates next year, with some of the most deprived areas of England seeing their rates reduced. The Department for Education’s (DfE).....

Government tells nurseries don't give dried fruit at snack time

Sue Learner (13-Nov-17)

Nurseries are being told not to give dried fruit, such as raisins, during snack time and only give processed meat, such as sausages, once a week. The Department for Education (DfE) has given out guidance.....

Nurseries must not shy away from letting children take risks, says Ofsted

Melissa McAlees (10-Nov-17)

Nurseries could be harming children’s development by removing climbing frames and avoiding trips to the park over fears children might hurt themselves, Ofsted’s chief inspector has warned. Amanda Spielman.....

'Eye watering' childcare costs rise four times faster than wages

Angeline Albert (20-Oct-17)

The average cost of childcare for a one-year-old has risen more than four times faster than wages since 2008. Childcare costs have rocketed up in England by 48 per cent for those with a one-year-old child.....

Nursery boss tells childcare minister: We're doing 'free' childcare 'under duress'

Angeline Albert (16-Oct-17)

Childcare minister Robert Goodwill has been warned Government underfunding has created ‘low morale’ among childcare providers with 30 hours ‘free’ childcare and other ‘Government-controlled’ costs like business rates, causing nurseries.....

Nursery recruitment crisis threatens 30-hour childcare offer

Melissa McAlees (03-Oct-17)

Nurseries in England are struggling to recruit the staff they need to deliver 30-hours ‘free’ childcare for working families, a new study suggests. Research conducted by independent analysts Ceeda, shows.....

Nurseries call Labour's universal free childcare vow a 'huge challenge'

Angeline Albert (27-Sep-17)

Labour’s education secretary Angela Rayner has promised 30 hours free childcare per week for two to four-year-olds - no matter what a family earns - and £500 million to turn back the tide of Conservative funding cuts to children’s.....

'Misguided' DfE scraps SATs for seven-year-olds to test four-year-olds instead

Angeline Albert (15-Sep-17)

New Reception-year baseline tests for four-year-olds will be introduced from 2020, while SATs for seven-year-olds are to be scrapped from 2023. Children’s progress is currently measured between the end of.....

Children start school unable to use toilet or speak in full sentences

Melissa McAlees (06-Sep-17)

Many children are starting primary school ‘not ready’ to take part in classroom activities, a new survey has found. Headteachers are concerned that children are starting school lacking the basic skills,.....

Nurseries call first day of 30 hours 'free' childcare a 'policy in chaos'

Michaela Mildenhall (01-Sep-17)

On the day the Government launches its 30 hours ‘free’ childcare scheme, childcare practitioners are warning they will be forced to charge parents to top up the Government’s underfunding of the scheme. From last Friday, working.....

Parents fear it's too late for a September '30 hour free' nursery place due to IT glitches on website

Angeline Albert (04-Aug-17)

Parents are worried their children will miss out on a 30-hour ‘free’ nursery place in September because families keep hitting brick walls when it comes to applying for it as a result of IT glitches on a government website. The.....

'No specific reason' 30-hour childcare scheme 'will not be a success', report finds

Melissa McAlees (17-Jul-17)

An evaluation of the 30-hour pilot has concluded that there is 'no specific reason' to believe that the policy will 'not be a success', even though almost half of nurseries reported limiting places in order to be able to offer extended.....

'Devastated' nurseries shut down after 'lousy' funding causes heavy losses

Angeline Albert (14-Jul-17)

Nurseries across England are closing because the Government’s 30 hour ‘free' childcare policy and mounting business pressures are forcing them out of business. Three and four-year-olds of working parents.....

London nursery group 'sick of qualifications snobbery' opts to call all staff nursery teachers

Sue Learner (11-Jul-17)

The head of the UK’s largest social enterprise nursery group has said she is “tired of being held back by a system that divides us by the snobbery of qualifications” and has decided to give all her staff the title of nursery teacher. June.....

England joins international PISA study using tablet-based tests on five-year-olds

Sue Learner (07-Jul-17)

The Department for Education has revealed that 20 schools and childcare settings in England are to take part in a pilot testing scheme on five-year-olds as part of an international study. Researchers say.....