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MP recalls rush to find son as London's terror attack puts Parliament's nursery in lockdown

Angeline Albert (23-Mar-17)

Babies and toddlers remained trapped in the House of Commons nursery, hours after a terrorist attack in London led to the death of four people and left 29 others needing hospital treatment. The nursery and.....

Spring Budget 2017: Nurseries criticise 'lost opportunity' to mention early years funding

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (08-Mar-17)

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced in his Spring Budget speech that two million households will be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare by the end of the year, saving families up to £2,000 annually. It was.....

30-hours 'free' childcare is 'economic suicide' says nursery owner

Melissa McAlees (08-Mar-17)

A York nursery owner, who has warned of a 'looming crisis' due to Government underfunding of 'free' childcare places, has taken her concerns to Westminster. Helen Gration, founder of Yorkshire Montessori.....

Nurseries 'ecstatic' as minister announces GCSE U-turn

Angeline Albert, News Editor (03-Mar-17)

Nurseries are breathing a huge sigh of relief after being told by the childcare minister that staff with functional skills can go on to become level 3 early years practitioners. Functional skills are to be.....

Government reveals 10,000 fewer early years providers plan to deliver 30-hour childcare offer

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Feb-17)

The Government has revealed that around 10,000 fewer early years providers plan to deliver the 30-hour childcare offer for three- and four-year-olds, than the number delivering the current 15-hour free entitlement. The.....

Nursery campaign group reports DfE to competition authority over 'price-fixing'

Sue Learner, Editor (20-Feb-17)

The campaign group 'Champagne Nurseries on Lemonade Funding' has lodged a formal complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority about the Government's 'price-fixing' of the childcare market. It claims.....

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.....