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Montessori nursery boss criticises qualifications rules saying 'I myself don’t have GCSE maths'

Sue Learner, Editor (26-Apr-16)

A boss of a Montessori nursery has criticised the Government for its policy which stipulates that Level 3 Early Years Educators must have at least a grade C in GCSE maths and English. If they do not have.....

Childcare providers fear 30-hour offer could result in closure

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (20-Apr-16)

Almost half of UK childcare providers have said they fear they could be forced to close as a result of the 30-hour free entitlement offer, a survey conducted by the Pre-school Learning Alliance has revealed. The survey found that.....

Government criticised as disadvantaged children lose out on primary school places

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (19-Apr-16)

Parents of young children across the UK have just found out whether their child had been accepted into their chosen primary school. Though many parents were able to breathe a sigh of relief, many families were left disappointed after.....

Sugar causes major rise in tooth-extractions on young children

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (15-Apr-16)

The cost of removing decayed teeth in young children has soared by 66 per cent in the last five years, leading to fears that young children’s ‘sugar addiction is spiralling out of control’, according to new research. The.....

Parents and nurseries warned about scarlet fever outbreak

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (14-Apr-16)

Public Health England (PHE) has reported a continued increase in cases of scarlet fever across England with a total of 10,570 cases reported since September 2015. Scarlet fever is mainly a childhood disease.....

Rewarding children with food could lead to emotional eating

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (11-Apr-16)

Parents who use controlling feeding practices with their children, such as using food as a reward or a treat, could be unintentionally teaching their children to rely on food to deal with their emotions. According.....

Government U-turns on 'unfair' baseline assessments for reception pupils

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

The Government has been forced to rethink its plans to use reception baseline assessments to measure pupil progress, prompting relief from those who campaigned against it. Optional reception baseline assessments.....

High calorie diets put Britain's toddlers at risk of obesity

Angeline Albert, News Editor (06-Apr-16)

Britain’s toddlers are consuming more calories, protein and salt, putting them at risk of obesity say researchers at University College London (UCL). A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition,.....

Nurseries encouraged to stay open for longer to help working parents

Angeline Albert, News Editor (05-Apr-16)

Nurseries are being asked to consider Government proposals to extend opening times from 6am to 8pm and open at weekends. The proposals are an attempt by the Department of Education (DfE) to look at how nurseries.....

YouTube animation mocks Cameron's wish for champagne nurseries based on soft drink prices

Angeline Albert, News Editor (04-Apr-16)

Nurseries have got together to create a YouTube animation that condemns Prime Minister David Cameron's free childcare policy which it says expects champagne-style nurseries to be delivered at lemonade prices. Members.....