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Parents should be banned from smacking children says Children’s Commissioner for England

Sue Learner, News Editor (30-Dec-13)

The Children's Commissioner for England, Maggie Atkinson, has called for a ban on parents smacking their children. Ms Atkinson told the Independent newspaper that the law gave pets and adults more entitlement.....

Local authorities receive £755m to double free childcare for two-year-olds

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Dec-13)

The Department for Education has announced it will spend £755m in 2014 to support an extension of free early years places for the most disadvantaged two-years-olds. Free childcare entitlement will now extend from 20 per cent.....

Grandparents providing childcare are 'picking up the strain that families are under'

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Dec-13)

Grandparents who still work should have the right to unpaid leave if they provide regular childcare for their grandchildren, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has said. A poll revealed millions of grandparents.....

Montessori nurseries remain above national average for standards in 2013

Julia Corbett, News Editor (16-Dec-13)

A census into Montessori schools has revealed the standard in ‘children-centered’ Montessori settings has remained high, and more of their teachers are gaining Montessori qualifications. The majority of Montessori schools care.....

Mama Bear’s Day Nursery children learn about ‘importance of caring for others’

Julia Corbett, News Editor (16-Dec-13)

Children at Mama Bear’s Day Nursery in Paignton have been learning “about the importance of caring for others” by spending time with residents from their local care home. The afternoon event was organised.....

Mayor of London announces £8m fund to increase nursery provision in capital

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-Dec-13)

Councils in London are being encouraged to increase the number of nursery places after it was announced the Government is investing £8m in improving current childcare provision. Boris Johnson and Minister for Education and Childcare.....

More than half of British parents now use tablets when playing with their child

Nina Hathway, News Editor (11-Dec-13)

The majority of British parents, 59 per cent of mums and 57 per cent of dads, said they like to make use of a tablet when playing with their child, according to a new survey. The survey, which was conducted.....

Nearly two-thirds support breastfeeding scheme that rewards mums with shopping vouchers

Nina Hathway, News Editor (10-Dec-13)

Sixty per cent of people support the NHS breastfeeding incentive scheme, which offers shopping vouchers worth up to £200 to mothers who breastfeed, according to a new survey. The new NHS incentive is offering.....

Lack of hygiene teaching cited as ‘blind spot’ in early years education

Nina Hathway, News Editor (09-Dec-13)

British children are failing to learn proper hand hygiene habits at an early stage in their lives due to lack of time, cost and poor facilities in nursery, pre- and primary schools and little emphasis on teaching good hand washing.....

Lack of practical support for nurseries facing ‘tougher’ Ofsted inspections

Julia Corbett, News Editor (06-Dec-13)

The Pre-school learning Alliance has raised concerns over a lack of support for nurseries following a significant decline in ratings from Ofsted’s latest inspection. The alliance is concerned many nurseries that have been downgraded.....

Children’s charity calls for Chancellor to protect Children’s Centres in Autumn Statement

Julia Corbett, News Editor (02-Dec-13)

National children and families charity 4Children has called for the Chancellor of the Exchequer to pledge to help families in the Government's upcoming Autumn Statement, which will take place on Thursday. The.....