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Budget 2017 does 'nothing to alleviate' childcare sector's challenges

Melissa McAlees (22-Nov-17)

In his Budget speech, Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed plans for an increase in the National Living Wage (NLW) but offered no additional funding for the early years sector, leaving nurseries 'disappointed' and 'struggling to stay.....

Government says 'no' to early years funding increase in 2018

Melissa McAlees (21-Nov-17)

Most local authorities will not see any increase to their early years funding rates next year, with some of the most deprived areas of England seeing their rates reduced. The Department for Education’s (DfE).....

Government tells nurseries don't give dried fruit at snack time

Sue Learner (13-Nov-17)

Nurseries are being told not to give dried fruit, such as raisins, during snack time and only give processed meat, such as sausages, once a week. The Department for Education (DfE) has given out guidance.....

Nurseries must not shy away from letting children take risks, says Ofsted

Melissa McAlees (10-Nov-17)

Nurseries could be harming children’s development by removing climbing frames and avoiding trips to the park over fears children might hurt themselves, Ofsted’s chief inspector has warned. Amanda Spielman.....