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Government told to rethink 'free' childcare or nurseries will shut

Angeline Albert, News Editor (22-Sep-16)

Hundreds of nursery schools would be forced to close if the Government doesn’t change its 30 hour free childcare pledge, a teachers’ union has warned. According to the National Association of Head.....

Interactive books could 'hinder' children from learning new words

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (15-Sep-16)

Books with interactive lift-the-flap and pop-up features could prevent young children from learning words, a new study has revealed. Picture books often include 3D features which are thought to encourage.....

Nurseries urged to apply for Millie's Mark - the 'gold standard' in paediatric first aid

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

Millie’s Mark, the new quality mark for excellence in paediatric first aid has been launched, allowing nurseries to begin working towards the criteria they need to achieve the award. The certificate will.....

Families struggle to find suitable childcare for children with learning disabilities during school holidays

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (25-Aug-16)

Parents with a child with a learning disability are finding it difficult to access childcare services during the school summer holidays. In a survey conducted by learning disability charity Mencap, four out of five parents with.....

New and expectant mums to benefit from £365m worth of mental health support

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (22-Aug-16)

The NHS has revealed plans for a new programme that will help more than 30,000 new and expectant mums who experience serious mental health problems. The programme will support them to receive the right care at the right time, and.....

Nine nurseries enter Government's minimum wage 'Hall of Shame'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (19-Aug-16)

The Government has made public its biggest ever 'name and shame' list of employers which failed to pay workers the minimum wage and nine nurseries are on it. The names of almost 200 employers who did not.....

Childhood obesity strategy is 'underwhelming' and 'far from robust', claims Jamie Oliver

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (19-Aug-16)

As the Government is set to start the ‘long-awaited’ childhood obesity plan, health campaigners have called the proposals ‘feeble’ compared to what was initially expected and have called for new Prime Minister Theresa May to take.....

'Pokémon Go is a safety threat' to children at nurseries

Angeline Albert, News Editor (15-Aug-16)

Nurseries say early years settings should be a no-go area for Pokémon chasers hoping to capture virtual creatures because it is a safety risk. The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), which represents.....

Government launches consultation on 'fairer' early years funding

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (11-Aug-16)

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a six-week early years national funding formula consultation to deliver a ‘fairer funding system’ for three- and four-year-olds receiving the 30-hour free childcare. The.....

New childcare minister urged to prioritise 30 hours free childcare pledge

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

Caroline Dinenage who was appointed by the Department of Education as the new minister responsible for childcare and early years, has been urged by early years organisations to prioritise the 30 hours free childcare pledge. The.....

Ofsted chairman faces calls to resign after describing the Isle of Wight as 'poor white inbred ghetto'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (05-Aug-16)

Chairman of the education inspectorate Ofsted, David Hoare is facing calls to resign after describing one of England’s most underperforming areas as a ‘ghetto’ where ‘there has been inbreeding’. Mr Hoare’s comments have been published.....

'Go away you terrorist' nursery worker tells child

Angeline Albert, News Editor (25-Jul-16)

“Go away and bomb someone else” were the words spoken to a young child by a nursery nurse, who has been struck off. Nikki Alexander has been banned from working in the childcare sector after she repeatedly.....

Pre-school 'lost boys' struggle to say what they think and feel

Angeline Albert, News Editor (18-Jul-16)

Boys in England are nearly twice as likely as girls to fall behind when it comes to communication skills. Explaining what they think and feel and engaging with other children and adults are some of the skills.....

'Outrageous and out-of-step': Andrea Leadsom suggests male childcarers might be paedophiles

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (15-Jul-16)

The newly appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom has suggested it would be ‘sensible’ not to appoint a man to look after young children in case he might be a paedophile. Speaking to.....

80,000 children missing out on free early years education

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (14-Jul-16)

Ofsted is calling for disadvantaged two-year-olds to benefit from the free early years education that they are entitled to. Their latest report, 'Unknown Children - destined for disadvantage?' has revealed around 80,000 eligible.....

Childcare Minister promises long-awaited workforce strategy ahead of 30-hours introduction

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (13-Jul-16)

Participating in a debate on Tuesday 12 July on school readiness and early years development, Childcare and Education Minister Sam Gyimah promised MPs that the new early years workforce strategy would be published soon, to coincide.....

GCSE entry requirements creating an early years recruitment crisis

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (12-Jul-16)

There has been a worrying decline in the number of people in enrolled in Level 3 Early Years Educator (EYE) courses, research conducted by Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) has revealed. Almost three.....

Thumb-sucking and nail-biting children 'less likely to develop allergies'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (11-Jul-16)

Children who grow up sucking their thumbs or biting their nails could be less likely to develop allergies, researchers at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand have revealed. The.....

Health services urged to 'do more' for children at risk of harm

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (08-Jul-16)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued a call to healthcare staff and leaders to do more to identify and listen to children at risk of harm. The ‘Not seen, not heard’ report has revealed that health.....

Government changes to entry requirements for English and maths will ensure 'high-quality childcare'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (05-Jul-16)

Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has announced that people looking to work in childcare will be given more help to reach the high levels needed to give children the best start in life. Childcare apprentices.....