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Disadvantaged children must be made a priority by new Government, says Lords Committee

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (24-Feb-15)

The incoming Government has been urged to consider the way the budget for childcare and early education is allocated by the Lords Committee. The House of Lords Committee for Affordable Childcare has expressed concern that the.....

Nick Clegg calls nursery leaders 'a bolshie lot'

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Feb-15)

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg ended up calling nursery leaders “a bolshie lot” after he was harangued at an early years conference and forced to defend Government policies such as getting more two-year-olds into schools and the.....

Cost of nursery care rises 33 per cent in five years

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Feb-15)

The cost of a part time nursery place for under two-year-olds has risen by 33 per cent in the last five years, the Family and Childcare Trust has found. The average cost of part-time childcare for under.....

Only one in five parents read to their children before bedtime

Nina Hathway, News Editor (17-Feb-15)

Parents are failing to find the time to read to their children, with time-pressed mums feeling the burden more than most, according to new research Although three-quarters of parents believe that reading.....

Sex and relationships education should be statutory subject for five-year-olds

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Feb-15)

Age appropriate sex and relationships education (SRE) should be introduced as statutory subjects into primary school for children as young as five, the Education Committee has recommended. The Education.....

Ofsted sees new inspection framework as most significant change in its history

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Feb-15)

England’s education regulator, Ofsted, has announced details of a new ‘Common Inspection Framework’ that all early years settings will be subject to, as well as schools and academies. The Framework will target making childcare.....