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Families struggle to find suitable childcare for children with learning disabilities during school holidays

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (25-Aug-16)

Parents with a child with a learning disability are finding it difficult to access childcare services during the school summer holidays. In a survey conducted by learning disability charity Mencap, four out of five parents with.....

New and expectant mums to benefit from £365m worth of mental health support

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (22-Aug-16)

The NHS has revealed plans for a new programme that will help more than 30,000 new and expectant mums who experience serious mental health problems. The programme will support them to receive the right care at the right time, and.....

Nine nurseries enter Government's minimum wage 'Hall of Shame'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (19-Aug-16)

The Government has made public its biggest ever 'name and shame' list of employers which failed to pay workers the minimum wage and nine nurseries are on it. The names of almost 200 employers who did not.....

Childhood obesity strategy is 'underwhelming' and 'far from robust', claims Jamie Oliver

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (19-Aug-16)

As the Government is set to start the ‘long-awaited’ childhood obesity plan, health campaigners have called the proposals ‘feeble’ compared to what was initially expected and have called for new Prime Minister Theresa May to take.....

'Pokémon Go is a safety threat' to children at nurseries

Angeline Albert, News Editor (15-Aug-16)

Nurseries say early years settings should be a no-go area for Pokémon chasers hoping to capture virtual creatures because it is a safety risk. The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), which represents.....

Government launches consultation on 'fairer' early years funding

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

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a six-week early years national funding formula consultation to deliver a ‘fairer funding system’ for three- and four-year-olds receiving the 30-hour free childcare. The.....

New childcare minister urged to prioritise 30 hours free childcare pledge

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

Caroline Dinenage who was appointed by the Department of Education as the new minister responsible for childcare and early years, has been urged by early years organisations to prioritise the 30 hours free childcare pledge. The.....

Ofsted chairman faces calls to resign after describing the Isle of Wight as 'poor white inbred ghetto'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (05-Aug-16)

Chairman of the education inspectorate Ofsted, David Hoare is facing calls to resign after describing one of England’s most underperforming areas as a ‘ghetto’ where ‘there has been inbreeding’. Mr Hoare’s comments have been published.....