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Thousands of young children missing out on free nursery places

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Feb-16)

A concerning increase in local authorities reporting gaps in childcare provision has been revealed by the Family and Childcare Trust's 2016 Childcare Survey, which also shows that the costs of childcare have stabilised, rising just.....

Over half of nurseries say they cannot afford to offer 30 hours of free childcare

Angeline Albert, News Editor (17-Feb-16)

The majority of nurseries across England have admitted to being unsure or unlikely to commit to extending the number of free hours they offer, despite the Government’s pledge to give parents 30 free childcare hours a week. Research.....

Burglars urinate on babies' cots and soft play equipment in 'appalling' spate of attacks on Southampton nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (16-Feb-16)

Paint Pots Nurseries in Southampton has been the victim of a spate of burglaries and vandalism leaving the owners and staff “appalled and dispirited”. Over the last week, burglars have broken in five times.....

Storytelling 'stretches children's vocabularies' and extends their ability to learn

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (04-Feb-16)

In celebration of National Storytelling Week, Schools Minister Nick Gibb has highlighted the importance of storytelling, of children being read to and told stories, not only in the years before they start school but throughout their.....

Government announces 30-hour childcare pilot areas

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (02-Feb-16)

The Government has announced that eight local authorities will share £13m to help prepare for the introduction of the expanded childcare allowance. A further 25 areas will share £4m to work together as ‘Early.....