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Nursery campaign group reports DfE to competition authority over 'price-fixing'

Sue Learner, Editor (20-Feb-17)

The campaign group 'Champagne Nurseries on Lemonade Funding' has lodged a formal complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority about the Government's 'price-fixing' of the childcare market. It claims.....

FGM play will help nurseries and children's centres tackle female genital mutilation

Sue Learner, Editor (20-Feb-17)

An interactive play, Bloodlines, is travelling around the country as part of an FGM training day for staff from nurseries, children's centres and schools. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure carried.....

Author and illustrator Nick Sharratt urges dads to spend more time reading with their children

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (15-Feb-17)

Award-winning illustrator and author Nick Sharratt is backing a new reading campaign to encourage more parents, particularly dads, to read with their children. ‘Read Manchester’ has been launched by The National.....

'Outstanding' nurseries have 'tiny effect' on children's attainment

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (14-Feb-17)

Attending a nursery with highly qualified staff or an 'outstanding' Ofsted rating has a limited impact on a child’s educational achievement, according to new research. The report titled 'Nursery Quality:.....

NICE urges GPs to assess mental health of all pregnant and postnatal women

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (13-Feb-17)

Pregnant women and new mothers should be given more support and guidance surrounding their mental health, according to a new report by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). NICE is.....

Children's writer and illustrator Raymond Briggs wins lifetime achievement award

Angeline Albert, News Editor (09-Feb-17)

Famous for the children’s books The Snowman and Fungus the Bogeyman, the writer and illustrator Raymond Briggs has received the BookTrust 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for his ‘outstanding’ contribution to children’s literature. Raymond.....

Think tank urges Government to abolish funded childcare and target disadvantaged families

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (07-Feb-17)

A report by think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has called for the universal free childcare entitlement to be abolished and for 'costly regulations' to be scrapped to make childcare more affordable. The.....

Labour MP expresses concern over closure of more than 370 Sure Start children's centres

Charley Walker, News Editor (03-Feb-17)

A total of 377 Sure Start children’s centres have closed since 2010, according to recent parliamentary answers. Information obtained by Labour MP Dan Jarvis revealed that 64 Sure Start centres closed in 2016.....

Education Secretary visits Arsenal football club to launch reading and football partnership

Charley Walker, News Editor (02-Feb-17)

The Education Secretary Justine Greening visited Arsenal football club to listen to children read, celebrating their achievements and marking the launch of a literacy partnership. The joint literacy initiative.....

Early years provider named National Champion for Outstanding nurseries

Charley Walker, News Editor (31-Jan-17)

Leading childcare and education provider, Childbase Partnership, has been named as one of the National Champions that will represent the UK in the European Business Awards. With 43 day nurseries throughout.....

Government backs innovative projects for vulnerable children and families

Charley Walker, News Editor (30-Jan-17)

The Department for Education has awarded a grant of £7m to three projects with ambitious plans to transform children’s services. The funding, awarded as part of the children’s social care innovation programme,.....

'Alarming poverty gap' in UK puts children's health in 'jeopardy', study finds

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (27-Jan-17)

Around one in five children in the UK are thought to be living in poverty, with those from the most deprived backgrounds experiencing worse health compared with the most affluent, new research suggests. The.....

'Left in the dark': Councils fail to give families with disabled children basic guidance on childcare

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (26-Jan-17)

Families with disabled children are frequently 'left in the dark' when it comes to childcare due to a lack of information from local authorities, new research suggests. A report from the Family and Childcare.....

TV actor Kathy Burke stars in new CBeebies series

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (25-Jan-17)

Kathy Burke, Sarah Lancashire and Andrew Scott are the voices behind the monster characters in a new 2D animated preschool series, which airs on CBeebies next month. School Of Roars, which follows five little.....

Fathers admit to struggling with work-life balance

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Jan-17)

The UK is running the risk of creating a 'fatherhood penalty' as fathers consider side-lining their careers to find roles that better combine with family life, according to a new study. Published by work-life.....

Nicola Sturgeon offers £1.5m to recruit more nursery staff in deprived areas

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Jan-17)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced funding of nearly £1.5m to boost nursery staff numbers in less affluent parts of Scotland. The funding is the first step towards realising the commitment to ensure.....

Three-year-old greets shocked dad after walking home alone from nursery

Angeline Albert, News Editor (19-Jan-17)

Tiny tot Tanjida Amreen turned up alone at the doorstep of her home, having walked out of her nursery undetected. The three-year-old girl managed to cross several main roads to greet her shocked father at.....

France's biggest private nursery chain buys 16 British nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (17-Jan-17)

Les Petite Chaperons Rouge (LPCR) which owns more than 300 nurseries in France and Germany, is now entering the UK nursery market by buying the Magic Nurseries chain. Tom Reed founded Magic Nurseries in 2002.....

Inspectors rate 35% of Asquith nurseries Outstanding

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

More than a third (35 per cent) of settings in the Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre Schools group have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted- a whopping 33 out of 94 sites. This includes 10 nurseries in the group.....

Parents ditch lullabies for Ed Sheeran and Adele songs to get their children to sleep

Sue Learner, Editor (13-Jan-17)

Parents are shunning lullabies to get their children to sleep and instead are opting for pop songs by the likes of Ed Sheeran and Adele. Singing to young children is still seen as very important, however.....