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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.....

Government’s 30 hour childcare offer on hold until sustainable funding is put in place

Sue Learner, Editor (14-Oct-15)

Peers have voted in the House of Lords for a new Childcare Bill clause requiring the Government to carry out a comprehensive funding review and put in place a ‘comprehensive and sustainable funding solution’ before rolling out the.....

Nurseries to be rated on their special educational needs provision for the first time

Sue Learner, Editor (12-Oct-15)

Inspectors from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission are joining forces to assess how nurseries identify children with special educational needs and disabilities and how well they provide services to meet their needs. Inspectors.....

Early years experts welcome Pre-school Learning Alliance Early Years Agenda manifesto

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (21-Sep-15)

Experts in early years education, including academics and organisations have welcomed the publication of the new Pre-school Learning Alliance Early Years Agenda manifesto. Early years experts such as David Whitebread and organisations.....

Montessori nursery rated 'Inadequate' by Ofsted forced to close

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (14-Sep-15)

A Montessori nursery rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted has been forced to close down after an inspector witnessed children at danger of hurting themselves. Ofsted found that the £15,400-a-year Nursery Montessori in Muswell Hill, North.....

Summer-born children will have 'the right to start school later'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (09-Sep-15)

Minister for schools, Nick Gibb has called for action to allow summer-born children to start school aged five. The calls come ahead of Government proposed changes to give summer-born children the right the start reception when.....

Headteachers warn school nurseries cannot afford to offer 30 hours of free childcare

Nina Hathway, News Editor (08-Sep-15)

Headteachers have warned that Government proposals to increase free childcare for working parents to 30 hours per week, could lead to many schools reducing the number of children they take. The report by.....

Government urges childcare providers to be the first to deliver 30 free hours childcare scheme

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (26-Aug-15)

The Department for Education (DfE) has called on councils and childcare providers to come forward to be the first to deliver 30 hours free childcare in September 2016. As part of the Government’s ‘One Nation’ plan to ensure hardworking.....

Asking lots of 'why' questions is key stage in children's language development

Sue Learner, Editor (18-Aug-15)

The patience of parents can be sorely tested when their children bombard them with countless ‘why’ questions. However parents will be reassured to know that this incessant questioning is a sign that children.....

Paying National Living Wage could put day nurseries out of business

Richard Howard, News Editor (10-Aug-15)

Increasing costs faced by nursery owners due to the new National Living Wage could affect childcare quality and make many day nurseries unsustainable, according to a survey of the sector conducted by the National Day Nurseries Association.....

Government scraps plans for GCSE restrictions for Early Years Teacher status

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (06-Aug-15)

The Government has announced plans revoking changes that made GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above compulsory when considering Level Three worker ratios. The move follows revisions to qualifications required when applying.....

Children learn important life skills through joking and pretending

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (05-Aug-15)

Parents who pretend and joke with their children at a young age could be teaching them important life skills, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Sheffield found that children as young as 16 months old, can.....

Free early years education closes gap between well-off and poor

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Jul-15)

Free childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds is succeeding in closing the gap between children from low-income families and their more well-off counterparts, according to a new report from a longitudinal study. The.....

Parents to face holiday childcare struggle as number of places drop

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

The number of childcare places available across the country is reported to have decreased significantly according to the annual Holiday Childcare Survey, published by the Family and Childcare Trust. The study highlights the problems.....

Disadvantaged two-year-olds missing out on free early years education

Richard Howard, News Editor (13-Jul-15)

According to England’s education watchdog, Ofsted, early years provision has never been performing better, as shown by inspection results that find 85 per cent of settings are now judged to be ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. While early.....

Chancellor announces cuts to Child Tax Credits and introduction of National Living Wage in Summer Budget

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (09-Jul-15)

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has revealed the first Summer Budget under the new Conservative Government, citing plans to introduce a new National Living Wage and reductions to Child Tax Credits. In.....