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Nurseries call Labour's universal free childcare vow a 'huge challenge'

Angeline Albert (27-Sep-17)

Labour’s education secretary Angela Rayner has promised 30 hours free childcare per week for two to four-year-olds - no matter what a family earns - and £500 million to turn back the tide of Conservative funding cuts to children’s.....

'Misguided' DfE scraps SATs for seven-year-olds to test four-year-olds instead

Angeline Albert (15-Sep-17)

New Reception-year baseline tests for four-year-olds will be introduced from 2020, while SATs for seven-year-olds are to be scrapped from 2023. Children’s progress is currently measured between the end of.....

Children start school unable to use toilet or speak in full sentences

Melissa McAlees (06-Sep-17)

Many children are starting primary school ‘not ready’ to take part in classroom activities, a new survey has found. Headteachers are concerned that children are starting school lacking the basic skills,.....

Nurseries call first day of 30 hours 'free' childcare a 'policy in chaos'

Michaela Mildenhall (01-Sep-17)

On the day the Government launches its 30 hours ‘free’ childcare scheme, childcare practitioners are warning they will be forced to charge parents to top up the Government’s underfunding of the scheme. From last Friday, working.....