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Nearly one million low income children hit by plan to ditch free school meals

Sue Learner (22-May-17)

Around 900,000 children from low income families will be affected by the Conservatives’ plan to ditch the free school meals policy if they win the General Election. Prime Minister Theresa May announced last.....

Children from East London estate picked as stars of new 'real life' CBeebies show

Michaela Mildenhall (18-May-17)

Two children with no previous acting experience have been chosen by the BBC to be the central characters in its new CBeebies programme ‘Apple tree house’, which shows a different side of British life. The young actors, aged between.....

Conservative manifesto promises to create thousands of nursery places in schools

Melissa McAlees (18-May-17)

Conservative leader Theresa May has launched her party’s election manifesto 'Forward Together' to "build a stronger, fairer, more prosperous future." The Conservatives have pledged to provide immediate funding.....

Plaid Cymru promises 'free' full-time childcare for all three-year-olds

Michaela Mildenhall (17-May-17)

Lowering child poverty rates in Wales is a major focus of Plaid Cymru’s manifesto, with promises of ‘free’ full-time childcare for every three-year-old, less fuel poverty by cutting household bills and ending the 'bedroom tax'. According.....

Liberal Democrat's 'ambitious' manifesto promises to 'put children first'

Melissa McAlees (17-May-17)

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has launched his party’s election manifesto promising to "Change Britain’s Future” by investing nearly £7bn extra in education. The Liberal Democrats have pledged to extend.....

One third of parents feel unprepared for their new arrival

Melissa McAlees (17-May-17)

A third of parents feel unprepared for their new arrival, with half of mums admitting to not leaving the house for more than three days in a row, research has revealed. The impact with which a new arrival.....

Childcare passport sets out flexible alternative to 'chronic underfunding' of UK childcare

Michaela Mildenhall (16-May-17)

National Day Nurseries Association is calling on the new Government to introduce a ‘Childcare Passport’, which would simplify early years funding putting parents back in control of funding streams. It is hoped that having one account.....

Labour's election manifesto pledges 'free' childcare for every family in £5bn vow

Melissa McAlees (16-May-17)

Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled his party’s election manifesto for "a fairer, more prosperous society for the many, not just the few." The Labour party’s draft manifesto, which was leaked last week, vowed to "overhaul.....

Every reception child in England to be given book with message of inclusivity

Michaela Mildenhall (15-May-17)

Every reception child in England is to receive a free book about a bear in a bee onesie, chosen by the charity BookTrust for its strong storytelling attributes, a relatable school setting and a clear message about inclusivity. There.....

Nurseries urge political parties to put childcare at the heart of their manifestos

Melissa McAlees (12-May-17)

Three of the country’s largest childcare representative organisations have written an open letter to all political parties urging them not to pledge promises that the sector cannot deliver. National Day Nurseries.....

Labour's leaked manifesto draft pledges to 'overhaul' childcare system

Melissa McAlees (11-May-17)

A draft of Labour's general election manifesto 'For the many not the few', has been leaked, which includes plans to "overhaul the existing childcare system." Details of the 'supposed' manifesto were leaked.....

Hands-on fathers help babies learn faster, study finds

Melissa Mcalees (11-May-17)

Fathers who interact more with their babies in the first few months of their life have a positive impact on their learning and development, new research suggests. Researchers from Imperial College London,.....

Peter Andre apologises for criticising nurseries not planning to offer 30-hours 'free' childcare

Melissa McAlees (10-May-17)

Admitting that he "wasn’t fully briefed," Peter Andre has apologised for criticising nurseries not planning to offer the 30-hours of 'free' childcare. In his new! magazine column, the singer said he was upset.....

Upset toddlers protest against council's nursery rent rises

Angeline Albert (05-May-17)

Young voters waving banners took to the streets outside Tower Hamlets Council to protest against rules that ban non-profit nurseries from getting an 80 per cent discount on rent. Two, three and four-year-olds.....

Children's emotional resilience boosted by mums taking folic acid supplements during pregnancy

Sue Learner (04-May-17)

Mums can improve their child’s emotional intelligence and resilience by taking folic acid supplements during pregnancy, according to new research. Professor Tony Cassidy from Ulster University, who presented.....

Explaining nursery vandalism to children 'was the hardest thing'

Michaela Mildenhall (03-May-17)

Teenagers caused an estimated £700 worth of damage over the bank holiday weekend to a playground at a nursery in Oswestry in Shropshire. Staff at the Kidszone Oswestry nursery at the Eastern Oswestry Community.....

Exhausted new parents lose out on over 650 hours sleep a year

Melissa McAlees (28-Apr-17)

Sleep deprivation is the most stressful challenge about becoming a parent, new research has revealed. According to children’s reading charity BookTrust, new parents are completely sleep deprived in the child’s.....

Millions of children go hungry during school holidays, report finds

Melissa McAlees (25-Apr-17)

As many as three million children are at risk of going hungry during the school holidays, with some "surviving on stodgy, unhealthy diets bought to fill hungry stomachs," a cross-party group of MPs and peers has warned. The.....

Well-known children's author visits nursery to celebrate good storytelling

Michaela Mildenhall (24-Apr-17)

Ian Whybrow, the prolific author of classic children’s books such as The Flying Diggers and Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, led a fun-filled masterclass in storytelling to eager young listeners, parents and staff at a Busy Bees.....

Tributes paid to 'inspirational' nursery manager found strangled to death

Melissa McAlees (24-Apr-17)

An outpouring of tributes have been paid to a much-loved nursery manager who was strangled to death by her 'controlling' husband. Chrissy Kendall’s lifeless body was found by her son Ryan, at their home in.....