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Neuroscientists call for qualified teacher in every nursery saying early years are 'critical time for brain'

Sue Learner, Editor (30-Mar-16)

Leading neuroscientists and child development experts have joined forces with Save the Children in a campaign to make the Government realise the massive impact that the pre-school years can have on brain development. They.....

Dads urged to read to their children to give them vital literacy boost

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (22-Mar-16)

The National Literacy Trust is urging dads to get involved with their children’s early literacy development by reading to them. A new survey conducted by the Trust found that half as many fathers as mothers said that they have.....

Nursery where toddler choked to death on raw jelly fined almost £200,000

Angeline Albert, News Editor (22-Mar-16)

Dickie Birds Nurseries, the owner of an early years setting where a toddler choked to death, has been fined £197,000 in court after pleading guilty to health and safety breaches. Twenty-two month-old.....

Limited outdoor space in nurseries 'hinders children's learning'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (18-Mar-16)

Many early years providers have limited and inadequate outdoor space to support children’s outdoor learning, according to new research. A recent survey led by Learning through Landscapes (LTL) and the Early.....

Chancellor announces plans for sugar tax on sugary drinks to improve children's health

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (16-Mar-16)

George Osborne has delivered his eighth Budget as Chancellor and has revealed there will be a new sugar tax on the soft drinks industry to be introduced in two years' time, raising £520m which will be spent on primary school sport. It.....

Nursery practitioner struck off after verbally abusing children and staff and performing Nazi salute

Sue Learner, Editor (11-Mar-16)

Nursery worker Sharon McIndoe has been struck off, after the Scottish Social Services Council heard she had performed the Nazi salute in front of children and threatened to burn a boy’s father’s shop down if he put glitter in the.....

Ofsted takes back control of 'inconsistent' nursery inspections

Angeline Albert, News Editor (01-Mar-16)

Ofsted is taking back control of the management of early years inspections from April 2017 and will not renew the contracts of firms operating on its behalf, following pressure from nurseries for the watchdog to deliver 'consistent'.....