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Ofsted takes back control of 'inconsistent' nursery inspections

Angeline Albert, News Editor (01-Mar-16)

Ofsted is taking back control of the management of early years inspections from April 2017 and will not renew the contracts of firms operating on its behalf, following pressure from nurseries for the watchdog to deliver 'consistent'.....

Thousands of young children missing out on free nursery places

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Feb-16)

A concerning increase in local authorities reporting gaps in childcare provision has been revealed by the Family and Childcare Trust's 2016 Childcare Survey, which also shows that the costs of childcare have stabilised, rising just.....

Over half of nurseries say they cannot afford to offer 30 hours of free childcare

Angeline Albert, News Editor (17-Feb-16)

The majority of nurseries across England have admitted to being unsure or unlikely to commit to extending the number of free hours they offer, despite the Government’s pledge to give parents 30 free childcare hours a week. Research.....

Burglars urinate on babies' cots and soft play equipment in 'appalling' spate of attacks on Southampton nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (16-Feb-16)

Paint Pots Nurseries in Southampton has been the victim of a spate of burglaries and vandalism leaving the owners and staff “appalled and dispirited”. Over the last week, burglars have broken in five times.....

Storytelling 'stretches children's vocabularies' and extends their ability to learn

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (04-Feb-16)

In celebration of National Storytelling Week, Schools Minister Nick Gibb has highlighted the importance of storytelling, of children being read to and told stories, not only in the years before they start school but throughout their.....

Government announces 30-hour childcare pilot areas

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (02-Feb-16)

The Government has announced that eight local authorities will share £13m to help prepare for the introduction of the expanded childcare allowance. A further 25 areas will share £4m to work together as ‘Early.....

Government urged to implement radical 'sliding scale' scheme where high earners pay more for childcare

Sue Learner, Editor (27-Jan-16)

Next year £7.2bn of public funding will be spent on childcare, yet the system is not delivering for families in poverty, according to a charity. The Family and Childcare Trust is calling on the Government.....

'Sugar Smart' app reveals sugar content in children's food and drink

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (12-Jan-16)

Parents across the UK are being urged to sign up for a free mobile app which provides information on the content in food and drink. The ‘Sugar Smart’ app from Public Health England (PHE) works by scanning.....

Government pledges £290m mental health support for new and expectant mothers

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

The Government has announced a five-year £290 million investment which will allow more than 30,000 women each year to have access to specialist mental health care before and after having their baby. This.....

Nurseries urged to report concerns of radicalisation in children

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (08-Jan-16)

Nursery workers have been warned to look out for signs of radicalisation in parents following concerns about children being radicalised and forced to leave Britain to travel to Syria. The calls come from National Day Nurseries.....

Children with pre-school education 'twice as likely to sit AS levels'

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

Children of all backgrounds who receive a pre-school education are almost twice as likely to go on to sixth form and sit four or more AS and A-level examinations, according to Oxford University research. The.....

Nurseries advised to start preparing for the new National Living Wage

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Dec-15)

The Government is urging nurseries along with other businesses in the UK to take simple steps now to prepare for the introduction of the new National Living Wage in April 2016. The new wage will become law.....

Government set to increase hourly rate paid to childcare providers by over £300m

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (25-Nov-15)

Chancellor George Osbourne revealed in the Spending Review and the Autumn Statement, that the Government is set to uplift the funding level for free childcare entitlement. The Government has pledged to invest.....

Eighty per cent of teachers say investing in nurseries is key to improving children’s language skills

Sue Learner, Editor (20-Nov-15)

Eight out of ten teachers believe investing more in nurseries is key to improving children’s speech and language skills in primary school, according to a new survey. The poll carried out by Save the Children.....

Childcare minister recognises 'golden age of childcare' following Government reforms

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (12-Nov-15)

Minister for education and childcare, Sam Gyimah has spoken about the Department of Education’s plans to publish the results of their review into the funding of the delivery of 30 hours of free childcare on 25 November. Speaking.....

Under half of childcare sector paid less than Living Wage

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (04-Nov-15)

Just under half of the people working in the early years sector are paid less than the Living Wage, according to a new report. The KPMG Living Wage report reveals that nearly six million people are paid less.....

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.....