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Restaurant chains face criticism over menus laden with unhealthy choices for children

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (22-Oct-15)

The latest league table rankings of the healthy food options available to children in 21 of the most popular restaurants chains in the UK has been published as part of the Soil Associations Out to Lunch Campaign. The first league.....

Private nurseries will play a crucial role in a 'revolution in early years education' in Scotland

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (21-Oct-15)

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has welcomed the SNP’s latest plans to expand free childcare in Scotland, but recognises that the scheme requires significant funding in order for it to be a success. Sufficient.....

Struggling families put at risk due to 'widespread cuts' to children’s centres

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (20-Oct-15)

Widespread cuts to children’s centres could have a damaging impact on thousands of families across the UK, says national children’s charity 4Children. The charity has launched its 2015 Children’s Centre Census,.....

Child Benefit should be denied to parents who fail to use their free childcare places says think tank

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

Liberal Conservative think tank, Bright Blue has published a new report offering alternative policies to cash transfers to help reduce poverty in the UK. The report calls on the Government to make the receipt.....

Government’s 30 hour childcare offer on hold until sustainable funding is put in place

Sue Learner, Editor (14-Oct-15)

Peers have voted in the House of Lords for a new Childcare Bill clause requiring the Government to carry out a comprehensive funding review and put in place a ‘comprehensive and sustainable funding solution’ before rolling out the.....

Nurseries to be rated on their special educational needs provision for the first time

Sue Learner, Editor (12-Oct-15)

Inspectors from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission are joining forces to assess how nurseries identify children with special educational needs and disabilities and how well they provide services to meet their needs. Inspectors.....