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Government urges childcare providers to be the first to deliver 30 free hours childcare scheme

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (26-Aug-15)

The Department for Education (DfE) has called on councils and childcare providers to come forward to be the first to deliver 30 hours free childcare in September 2016. As part of the Government’s ‘One Nation’ plan to ensure hardworking.....

Asking lots of 'why' questions is key stage in children's language development

Sue Learner, Editor (18-Aug-15)

The patience of parents can be sorely tested when their children bombard them with countless ‘why’ questions. However parents will be reassured to know that this incessant questioning is a sign that children.....

Paying National Living Wage could put day nurseries out of business

Richard Howard, News Editor (10-Aug-15)

Increasing costs faced by nursery owners due to the new National Living Wage could affect childcare quality and make many day nurseries unsustainable, according to a survey of the sector conducted by the National Day Nurseries Association.....

Government scraps plans for GCSE restrictions for Early Years Teacher status

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (06-Aug-15)

The Government has announced plans revoking changes that made GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above compulsory when considering Level Three worker ratios. The move follows revisions to qualifications required when applying.....

Children learn important life skills through joking and pretending

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (05-Aug-15)

Parents who pretend and joke with their children at a young age could be teaching them important life skills, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Sheffield found that children as young as 16 months old, can.....