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Petition launched against testing of four-year-olds

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (26-Jan-15)

In recent months, there has been growing concern in nurseries and among early years practitioners, regarding the proposed introduction of baseline assessments for four-year-olds. Early Education (The British Association for Early.....

Childcare minister urges councils to give nurseries business rate relief

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (16-Jan-15)

Fears about business rates for day nurseries raised by National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) have prompted minister for childcare, Sam Gyimah, to ask local councils in England to offer a discount to private day nurseries. The.....

Nurseries forced to increase fees to parents due to Government funding shortfall

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Jan-15)

Nurseries are being forced to increase their fees to parents who pay for additional hours or for younger children not eligible for funded places to make up the funding shortfall, according to a new survey. The.....

Nursery staff could be asked to judge whether children are at risk of radicalisation

Richard Howard, News Editor (06-Jan-15)

A Government consultation document which accompanies the Coalition’s Counter-Terrorism Bill, has drawn criticism from numerous quarters for including a proposal that children with the potential for becoming terrorists should be spotted.....

Nurseries urged to check their webcams are secure

Sue Learner, News Editor (05-Jan-15)

Nurseries are being urged to check the security of any webcams they use, in the wake of an incident where a Russian website streamed live footage from thousands of insecure webcams across the world. A growing.....