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Only 'Good' and 'Outstanding' nurseries to get early years funding under 'More Affordable Childcare' plans

Sue Learner, News Editor (17-Jul-13)

The Government is proposing to remove planning restrictions for nurseries wishing to expand and automatically give ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ nurseries early years funding, under its ‘More Affordable Childcare’ plans. They.....

Nurseries face funding cuts and will be ordered to be 'more efficient' under Spending Review

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Jun-13)

Nurseries and further education colleges face funding cuts and will be ordered to be “more efficient”, according to Treasury documents which reveal the Government’s spending plans for 2015-16. The Spending.....

Best nurseries are those which frequently assess children, says Ofsted

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Jun-13)

The most effective nurseries are those which regularly assess children and set high expectations, according to Ofsted, which claims children at these nurseries make ‘excellent progress, whatever their background’. In.....

Nick Clegg blocks controversial childcare ratio changes

Laura McCardle, News Editor (06-Jun-13)

The Deputy Prime Minister has blocked the Government’s controversial plans to change childcare ratios. Conservative MP Elizabeth Truss, the child and education minister, has been pushing the reforms, which.....

Nurseries with Early Years Professionals get higher Ofsted ratings

Sue Learner, News Editor (29-May-13)

Nurseries which employ nursery workers with Early Years Professional Status have been getting higher Ofsted ratings, according to new research The study carried out by Anglia Ruskin University revealed the.....

Government report outlines potential benefits of controversial plans to change childcare ratios

Laura McCardle, News Editor (28-May-13)

The Government has published a report outlining potential benefits of its controversial plans to change childcare ratios, including increased revenue of £200,000 a year for every nursery. ‘Implications of.....

Ofsted told it must strengthen its early years inspection process if consultation goals are to be achieved

Richard Howard, News Editor (23-Apr-13)

Early years goals in England need more quality inspections and solutions for outstanding funding issues if they are to be realised, according to leading childcare experts. Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector,.....

Government adviser Professor Nutbrown says Government’s childcare reforms 'make no sense at all'

Sue Learner, News Editor (28-Mar-13)

Professor Cathy Nutbrown who wrote a Government commissioned review last year on childcare qualifications, has called the Government’s More Great Childcare report “disappointing” and said plans to change staff ratios “make no sense.....

Childcare more expensive than top public schools such as Eton

Sue Learner, News Editor (06-Mar-13)

Average childcare costs have risen by more than double the rate of inflation in a year, with some nurseries more expensive than top public schools, according to the annual Daycare Trust survey. The Childcare.....

Nurseries will be able to pay to be re-inspected, under reforms in Children and Families Bill

Sue Learner, News Editor (07-Feb-13)

Nurseries will be able to pay a fee to be re-inspected by Ofsted, under a clause in the Children and Families Bill. The move is a victory for early years organisations, who have been calling for the change.....

Nursery boss warns a child could die, as sector voices anger over nursery ratio proposals

Sue Learner, News Editor (06-Feb-13)

The head of a leading nursery chain has criticised government plans to relax care ratios for nurseries, warning a child could die if they are implemented. The change to the ratios were announced by Education.....

Coalition promises 'More Great Childcare' amid growing anxiety in the nursery sector

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Jan-13)

The issue of child to staff ratios remains an on-going dilemma for nursery and childcare providers, after a relaxing of legal requirements was announced today by Education Minister Elizabeth Truss. The.....

Reducing nursery staff ratios will not reduce fees for parents, say nursery providers

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Jan-13)

Childcare minister, Elizabeth Truss, wants to get rid of the “restrictive” staff to child ratios in nurseries in England in a bid to make childcare more affordable. However childcare providers claim the move.....

Jimmy Saville child abuse scandal deters men from working in nurseries

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Dec-12)

Men are put off from working in childcare because they fear they will be regarded as paedophiles due to high-profile child abuse cases such as the Jimmy Saville scandal, according to the London Early Years Foundation. June.....

Children's charities worried by "lack of concern" by Government for early years in Chancellor's Autumn Statement

Rachel Baker, News Editor (07-Dec-12)

Concerns have been raised by children’s charities and organisations in response to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement. The Chancellor has announced that from April 2013, there will be a one per cent rise.....

Coalition poised to debate childcare costs as gap between rich and poor continues to rise

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-Nov-12)

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is on a mission to reduce the cost of childcare bills and encourage more mothers to return to work. Mr Clegg has been writing to grassroots Liberal Democrats signalling his determination that the.....

Free nursery places for disadvantaged two-year-olds to be funded by cutting Early Intervention Grant

Sue Learner, News Editor (02-Oct-12)

Early years organisations fear the Government is funding its expansion of the free early years entitlement scheme by cutting the Early Intervention Grant. In the same week that the Government announced £100m.....

Day nursery sector adopts revised EYFS framework

Richard Howard, News Editor (13-Sep-12)

September 2012 has seen the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) come into effect, compiled from an independent review carried out by Dame Clare Tickell, chief executive of Action for Children. Day nurseries and pre-schools.....