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Scotland's early years minister announces free childcare trials

Angeline Albert, News Editor (16-Nov-16)

Scotland’s childcare minister has announced that Edinburgh, Aberdeen and the Scottish borders will begin trialling the Government’s free childcare offer for three and four-year-olds from January 2017. Aided.....

Childcare bosses 'furious' over Good Morning Britain's 'negative' and 'unbalanced' criticism of nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (15-Nov-16)

Nursery owners have reacted angrily to suggestions on ITV’s Good Morning Britain that there is a low standard of care in English nurseries. Gill Jones, deputy director of early education at Ofsted, was forced.....

Proportion of Good and Outstanding nurseries hits highest level ever

Charley Walker, News Editor (15-Nov-16)

The number of nurseries on the Early Years Register (EYR) rated Good or Outstanding has increased from 84 per cent to 95 per cent since August 2015, according to Ofsted’s latest early years statistics. The.....

Bright Horizons acquires UK's third biggest nursery group, Asquith Day Nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (14-Nov-16)

Bright Horizons has acquired Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre-Schools, taking its total number of nurseries in the UK to over 300, overtaking Busy Bees, the current largest nursery group with 267 nurseries. Asquith,.....

Nurseries in Wales to benefit from funding for Level 2 and 3 childcare courses

Angeline Albert, News Editor (11-Nov-16)

The Welsh Government is to fully fund Level 2 and Level 3 courses, worth up to £4.7m for people working in early years in Wales. With the aim of upskilling nurseries’ current employees who are over the.....

High Court backs nursery's fight against inadequate Ofsted rating

Angeline Albert, News Editor (08-Nov-16)

A nursery has had its ‘unlawful’ and ‘irrational’ Ofsted rating thrown out by the High Court and its report by the watchdog quashed because the setting's inspectors had ‘inadequate‘ evidence. The Old Co-Operative.....

Babies' first gestures reveal future language development

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

According to new research, babies' first gestures are a reliable indicator of how their language will develop. Many parents believe their infant's first word is the most important milestone in learning to.....

Shortage of nursery teachers across England puts children at risk of falling behind

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (01-Nov-16)

A new report by Save the Children highlights a shortage of 10,000 trained early years teachers across England, leading to calls for the Government to invest urgently in the sector. The charity warns that.....