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Charity disputes research which claims qualified nursery teachers have 'tiny effect' on children's learning

Sue Learner, Editor (17-Feb-17)

Save the Children has disputed research which found nurseries with a qualified nursery teacher have only a “tiny effect” on children’s attainment. Earlier this week, researchers from the Centre for Economic.....

Over half of English councils don't know if eligible parents will be able to access 30 hours free childcare

Angeline Albert, News Editor (08-Feb-17)

More than half of England’s councils (54 per cent) remain clueless about whether all eligible parents of three and four-year-olds will get the ‘30 hours’ free childcare from this September, as promised by the Government. Major.....

Labour MP expresses concern over closure of more than 370 Sure Start children's centres

Charley Walker, News Editor (03-Feb-17)

A total of 377 Sure Start children’s centres have closed since 2010, according to recent parliamentary answers. Information obtained by Labour MP Dan Jarvis revealed that 64 Sure Start centres closed in 2016.....

Early years experts up in arms over proposed controversial tests for five-year-olds

Charley Walker, News Editor (01-Feb-17)

Children in Britain may be ‘guinea pigs’ for controversial new testing for five-year-olds, which has been rejected by other European countries. The possible new tests were disclosed in an ‘expression of interest’.....

More councils join early drive to deliver 30-hour free childcare offer

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (27-Jan-17)

Four new local authority areas will be trialling the Government’s 30-hour free childcare offer, ahead of the national roll-out in September. Dorset, Leicestershire, North Yorkshire and Tower Hamlets will.....

'Capacity crisis': 30-hour free childcare scheme faces shortage of places

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (20-Jan-17)

Tens of thousands of parents could miss out on the 30-hour funded childcare entitlement as the Government underestimates the take-up of the offer by more than 100,000 places, according to new research. Early.....

Nursery trends 2017: Rise in investors from China predicted

Sue Learner, Editor (12-Jan-17)

The UK is set to see a rise in the number of investors from China buying nurseries this year, according to a leading property broker. Brexit which led to a drop in the pound, as well as the perceived high.....

Grandparents who help with childcare are living longer

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (05-Jan-17)

Those who help out with childcare or provide support to others in their community tend to live longer than older people who do not care for other people, new research has revealed. A study called 'Caregiving.....

Dramatic fall in Scotland's nursery inspections revealed

Angeline Albert, News Editor (04-Jan-17)

The number of nursery inspections happening in Scotland has fallen dramatically over the last five years and some fear if the trend continues it would take 18 years for all nurseries to be inspected. In the.....

Nurseries reminded to chop up grapes after doctors warn of choking hazard

Sue Learner, Editor (22-Dec-16)

Nurseries are being reminded to chop up all small fruit and vegetables such as grapes and cherry tomatoes, after doctors warned that a lack of awareness by parents and childcare practitioners is putting young children at risk. Dr.....

Children's future success predicted by brain tests at age of three

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

A child’s chance of success in later life can be predicted by brain tests at the age of three, new research suggests. According to a study published in the journal, Nature Human Behaviour, low cognitive.....

Nursery burglaries leave 'distressed' managers wondering how to keep settings safe

Angeline Albert, News Editor (13-Dec-16)

A string of burglaries at nine nurseries and schools across Southampton has led to at least one manager wondering what she can do to stop the break-ins. With cash, laptops and keys among the items stolen.....

Early years minister reveals new minimum childcare funding rate

Angeline Albert, News Editor (02-Dec-16)

Childcare minister Caroline Dinenage has announced a minimum rate of £4.30 per hour for early years providers, as part of a ‘fairer funding system’. The new funding rate means early years providers receive.....

Scotland's early years minister announces free childcare trials

Angeline Albert, News Editor (16-Nov-16)

Scotland’s childcare minister has announced that Edinburgh, Aberdeen and the Scottish borders will begin trialling the Government’s free childcare offer for three and four-year-olds from January 2017. Aided.....

Childcare bosses 'furious' over Good Morning Britain's 'negative' and 'unbalanced' criticism of nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (15-Nov-16)

Nursery owners have reacted angrily to suggestions on ITV’s Good Morning Britain that there is a low standard of care in English nurseries. Gill Jones, deputy director of early education at Ofsted, was forced.....

Proportion of Good and Outstanding nurseries hits highest level ever

Charley Walker, News Editor (15-Nov-16)

The number of nurseries on the Early Years Register (EYR) rated Good or Outstanding has increased from 84 per cent to 95 per cent since August 2015, according to Ofsted’s latest early years statistics. The.....

Bright Horizons acquires UK's third biggest nursery group, Asquith Day Nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (14-Nov-16)

Bright Horizons has acquired Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre-Schools, taking its total number of nurseries in the UK to over 300, overtaking Busy Bees, the current largest nursery group with 267 nurseries. Asquith,.....

Nurseries in Wales to benefit from funding for Level 2 and 3 childcare courses

Angeline Albert, News Editor (11-Nov-16)

The Welsh Government is to fully fund Level 2 and Level 3 courses, worth up to £4.7m for people working in early years in Wales. With the aim of upskilling nurseries’ current employees who are over the.....

High Court backs nursery's fight against inadequate Ofsted rating

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

A nursery has had its ‘unlawful’ and ‘irrational’ Ofsted rating thrown out by the High Court and its report by the watchdog quashed because the setting's inspectors had ‘inadequate‘ evidence. The Old Co-Operative.....

Babies' first gestures reveal future language development

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (02-Nov-16)

According to new research, babies' first gestures are a reliable indicator of how their language will develop. Many parents believe their infant's first word is the most important milestone in learning to.....