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Child poverty campaigners remain unconvinced on welfare reform arguments

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Jun-15)

Cutting a national welfare budget the Conservative Party sees as ‘bloated’ is one of the Government’s key priorities for this Parliament, with Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, arguing in Parliament that cuts have so.....

Government calls for evidence to support upcoming childcare funding review

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (19-Jun-15)

The Government has called for evidence to support and inform a new review into childcare funding in England. The call is open to replies from nurseries, private and voluntary day care, early years organisations, parents, children.....

Ofsted announces new Common Inspection Framework

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (18-Jun-15)

At an event in London, Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, announced plans to introduce the Common Inspection Framework (CIF) in September as a new means of education inspection to be carried out by Ofsted. The conference.....

Children should have access to iPads from birth says new research

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

Children benefit from sensory stimulation more when using iPads than books, according to new research conducted by the University of London. The research group studied 36 children aged six and ten months old, monitoring how easily.....

Childcare leader criticises Ofsted for rating nurseries on 'ambiguous British values'

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Jun-15)

Nursery providers have asked for more clarity on what Ofsted inspectors define as British values, with the National Day Nurseries Association chief calling the whole concept ‘ambiguous’. The comments were.....

Childcare leader warns nursery fees will 'rocket' if Government fails to increase funding

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Jun-15)

Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of National Day Nurseries Association, has called on the early years sector to work together and have a “strong, powerful voice” so the Government offers nurseries “a significantly enhanced hourly rate”.....

David Cameron fast-tracks plans to double free childcare for working parents

Sue Learner, News Editor (01-Jun-15)

The Prime Minister is bringing forward plans to double free childcare for working parents and has pledged to review childcare funding before the summer. The Childcare Bill will double free childcare for all.....