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Teaching assistants boost young children's speaking and listening skills

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (26-Feb-16)

Intensive support from teaching assistants can boost young children’s vocabulary, listening, narrative and conversational skills, according to a study published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). The.....

Children with disabilities 'missing out' on vital play opportunities

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (25-Feb-16)

A report published by the national deafblind charity, Sense, has revealed the ‘severe’ restrictions children with disabilities face in accessing play. It identifies failings at every level that result in.....

Parental depression could cause 'fussy eating in children'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Feb-16)

Young children are more likely to be fussy eaters if a parent has anxiety or depression during pregnancy or early in the child's life, new research has revealed. The study, published in the Archives of Disease.....

Young mums leading a revolution in 'gender neutral' parenting

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

The latest generation of young mums are helping to force brands and shops to change they way they market products to customers by supporting ‘gender neutral parenting’. A study by video parenting site, ChannelMum.com has revealed.....

New egg freezing pop-up shop opens up debate on fertility

Sue Learner, Editor (18-Feb-16)

A new pop-up shop called Timeless is opening in London to help women understand more fully the implications of ‘social’ egg freezing. Sixty per cent of women aged 18-24 believe women should be encouraged.....

New legal ruling: Unmarried parents eligible for bereavement benefits if partners die

Sue Learner, Editor (15-Feb-16)

A legal ruling by a High Court in Northern Ireland means thousands of unmarried widows and widowers may now be eligible for the widowed parent’s allowance. The charity Citizens Advice which supported mother-of-four.....

'Quality early years teachers' ensure good educational experience

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

Registered teachers in the early years sector provide significant value to Scotland’s nursery schools and classes, a new report has found. The study was commissioned by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) and conducted.....

Study reveals too many children in England are losing contact with nature

Angeline Albert News Editor (11-Feb-16)

Some 12 per cent of children in England have not been to a local park, beach or any other natural environment in 12 months, a two year study reveals. A Government survey, which questioned parents over a two.....

App created to help get children 'school ready'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (11-Feb-16)

A new app has been created to help ease parents’ concerns over their child’s social skills by equipping pre-school age children with the relevant skills they need to be 'school ready'. ‘Ready for School’ is an app which uses fun.....

Olympian backs tax on sugary drinks to help cut childhood obesity

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (10-Feb-16)

A tax on sugary drinks should be introduced as part of a measures to help combat rising levels of obesity in the UK, a think tank paper has revealed. The paper, published by Policy Exchange and authored by double Olympic gold medallist,.....

A 93p an hour pay increase can make 'Good' nurseries 'Outstanding'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (10-Feb-16)

A pay increase of just under £1 an hour can make the difference between a nursery with a ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating, according to new research. Nurseries and pre-schools across England awarded.....

More needs to be done to keep children safe online, study reveals

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (09-Feb-16)

Educators, businesses and parents are being encouraged to help make the internet a safer place as part of Safer Internet Day 2016. The annual events promotes safe and responsible use of online technology and offers tips and advice.....

Duchess of Cambridge lends support to Children's Mental Health Week

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (09-Feb-16)

The Duchess of Cambridge has lent her support to children’s mental health charity Place2Be, who have has launched a week long campaign to help build children’s resilience. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who is the Royal Patron of.....

Children's imaginary friends brought to life for new exhibition

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (09-Feb-16)

Creative advertising agency AMV BBDO have brought together some of the UK’s finest creative talent for an exhibition of children’s imaginary friends. The exhibition titled, ‘The Imaginary Friends Collection’ is being held at the.....

Cameron seeks alternative to early years behind bars

Angeline Albert News Editor (08-Feb-16)

Prime Minister David Cameron is planning to give children a better start in life by rethinking pregnant women's treatment in jail and how their babies are cared for, after new figures reveal 100 babies spent time in prison last year......

Outreach programme increases take up of free childcare places

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (05-Feb-16)

An innovative outreach programme aimed at encouraging parents to take up free childcare places in Liverpool, has seen dramatic participation over a six week period. The programme, commissioned by Liverpool.....

'Grandbuddies' project aims to bridge the generation gap

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (01-Feb-16)

Young children from the Ballerup Nursery Centre made a recent visit to Rosaburn House in South Lanarkshire, as part of a new intergenerational community project. The ‘Grandbuddies’ initiative was designed to bring children and.....