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'Go away you terrorist' nursery worker tells child

Angeline Albert, News Editor (25-Jul-16)

“Go away and bomb someone else” were the words spoken to a young child by a nursery nurse, who has been struck off. Nikki Alexander has been banned from working in the childcare sector after she repeatedly.....

Pre-school 'lost boys' struggle to say what they think and feel

Angeline Albert, News Editor (18-Jul-16)

Boys in England are nearly twice as likely as girls to fall behind when it comes to communication skills. Explaining what they think and feel and engaging with other children and adults are some of the skills.....

'Outrageous and out-of-step': Andrea Leadsom suggests male childcarers might be paedophiles

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

The newly appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom has suggested it would be ‘sensible’ not to appoint a man to look after young children in case he might be a paedophile. Speaking to.....

80,000 children missing out on free early years education

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (14-Jul-16)

Ofsted is calling for disadvantaged two-year-olds to benefit from the free early years education that they are entitled to. Their latest report, 'Unknown Children - destined for disadvantage?' has revealed around 80,000 eligible.....

Childcare Minister promises long-awaited workforce strategy ahead of 30-hours introduction

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (13-Jul-16)

Participating in a debate on Tuesday 12 July on school readiness and early years development, Childcare and Education Minister Sam Gyimah promised MPs that the new early years workforce strategy would be published soon, to coincide.....

GCSE entry requirements creating an early years recruitment crisis

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (12-Jul-16)

There has been a worrying decline in the number of people in enrolled in Level 3 Early Years Educator (EYE) courses, research conducted by Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) has revealed. Almost three.....

Thumb-sucking and nail-biting children 'less likely to develop allergies'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (11-Jul-16)

Children who grow up sucking their thumbs or biting their nails could be less likely to develop allergies, researchers at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand have revealed. The.....

Health services urged to 'do more' for children at risk of harm

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (08-Jul-16)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued a call to healthcare staff and leaders to do more to identify and listen to children at risk of harm. The ‘Not seen, not heard’ report has revealed that health.....

Government changes to entry requirements for English and maths will ensure 'high-quality childcare'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (05-Jul-16)

Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has announced that people looking to work in childcare will be given more help to reach the high levels needed to give children the best start in life. Childcare apprentices.....

Brexit: How it will impact on children in the early years

Sue Learner, Editor (01-Jul-16)

The UK was left divided on 23 June, when 52 per cent of the country voted for the UK to leave the European Union and 48 per cent chose to stay. After that, the pound went into freefall, Prime Minister David Cameron said he was stepping.....