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Brexit: How it will impact on children in the early years

Sue Learner, Editor (01-Jul-16)

The UK was left divided on 23 June, when 52 per cent of the country voted for the UK to leave the European Union and 48 per cent chose to stay. After that, the pound went into freefall, Prime Minister David Cameron said he was stepping.....

'Dreadful' child poverty figures reveal two thirds of poor children live in working families

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (30-Jun-16)

The number of children living in poverty has increased by 200,000 to 3.9 million (after housing costs) during 2014-15, figures from the Department for Work and Pensions have revealed. The Households Below Average Income (HBAI).....

More than 500 children living with Type 2 diabetes

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (17-Jun-16)

There are now reportedly more than 500 children living Type 2 diabetes, figures in the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) have revealed. Local.....

MPs warn free 30 hour childcare offer is at risk

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

MPs have raised concerns over the Government’s plans to extend free early education and childcare in a new report, published by the Public Accounts Committee. The report warns of a lack of providers willing to provide the additional.....

UK parents reportedly 'the worst' at sharing childcare responsibilities

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

This Father’s Day, British men are expected to spend just 24 minutes caring for their children, compared to every hour spent by mums, according to the Fatherhood Institute's Fairness In Families Index (FIFI). The.....

Nursery sector thriving: With demand from buyers strong despite 30 hour childcare offer

Sue Learner, Editor (08-Jun-16)

The nursery sector has already had a ‘very busy and buoyant’ first quarter with one of the UK’s leading property brokers selling more than one nursery every week. Christie & Co’s quarterly childcare sector.....

Government concedes and ups funding after York nurseries say no to 30-hour childcare pilot

Sue Learner, Editor (27-May-16)

The Department for Education has announced it will increase funding for nurseries in York after they flatly refused to take part in the 30-hour childcare pilot due to start in the region this summer. More.....

Nurseries launch nationwide networking movement in fight-back against 'inadequate' Government funding

Sue Learner, Editor (20-May-16)

Nurseries are forming a nationwide networking movement so they can collectively campaign for better funding from the Government. As part of the campaign, they have launched a petition on the Government’s petition website calling.....

Deaf children are not receiving vital support in their early years

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

One decade on from the introduction of newborn hearing screening, new research has revealed that the benefits of hearing screening at birth are being lost, with one quarter of parents of deaf babies not being given the support they.....

Montessori nursery boss criticises qualifications rules saying 'I myself don’t have GCSE maths'

Sue Learner, Editor (26-Apr-16)

A boss of a Montessori nursery has criticised the Government for its policy which stipulates that Level 3 Early Years Educators must have at least a grade C in GCSE maths and English. If they do not have.....

Childcare providers fear 30-hour offer could result in closure

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (20-Apr-16)

Almost half of UK childcare providers have said they fear they could be forced to close as a result of the 30-hour free entitlement offer, a survey conducted by the Pre-school Learning Alliance has revealed. The survey found that.....

Government criticised as disadvantaged children lose out on primary school places

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (19-Apr-16)

Parents of young children across the UK have just found out whether their child had been accepted into their chosen primary school. Though many parents were able to breathe a sigh of relief, many families were left disappointed after.....

Sugar causes major rise in tooth-extractions on young children

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

The cost of removing decayed teeth in young children has soared by 66 per cent in the last five years, leading to fears that young children’s ‘sugar addiction is spiralling out of control’, according to new research. The.....

Parents and nurseries warned about scarlet fever outbreak

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (14-Apr-16)

Public Health England (PHE) has reported a continued increase in cases of scarlet fever across England with a total of 10,570 cases reported since September 2015. Scarlet fever is mainly a childhood disease.....

Rewarding children with food could lead to emotional eating

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

Parents who use controlling feeding practices with their children, such as using food as a reward or a treat, could be unintentionally teaching their children to rely on food to deal with their emotions. According.....

Government U-turns on 'unfair' baseline assessments for reception pupils

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

The Government has been forced to rethink its plans to use reception baseline assessments to measure pupil progress, prompting relief from those who campaigned against it. Optional reception baseline assessments.....

High calorie diets put Britain's toddlers at risk of obesity

Angeline Albert, News Editor (06-Apr-16)

Britain’s toddlers are consuming more calories, protein and salt, putting them at risk of obesity say researchers at University College London (UCL). A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition,.....

Nurseries encouraged to stay open for longer to help working parents

Angeline Albert, News Editor (05-Apr-16)

Nurseries are being asked to consider Government proposals to extend opening times from 6am to 8pm and open at weekends. The proposals are an attempt by the Department of Education (DfE) to look at how nurseries.....

YouTube animation mocks Cameron's wish for champagne nurseries based on soft drink prices

Angeline Albert, News Editor (04-Apr-16)

Nurseries have got together to create a YouTube animation that condemns Prime Minister David Cameron's free childcare policy which it says expects champagne-style nurseries to be delivered at lemonade prices. Members.....

Neuroscientists call for qualified teacher in every nursery saying early years are 'critical time for brain'

Sue Learner, Editor (30-Mar-16)

Leading neuroscientists and child development experts have joined forces with Save the Children in a campaign to make the Government realise the massive impact that the pre-school years can have on brain development. They.....

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