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'Toxic paint' in playgrounds putting children's health at risk

Sue Learner, Editor (26-Jan-16)

Children’s health is being put at risk by toxic paint on playground equipment, according to environmental scientists who found lead content up to 40 times greater than recommended concentrations. The scientists.....

Scotland needs 650 more nurseries to keep free childcare promise

Angeline Albert, News Editor (22-Jan-16)

Scotland needs 650 new nurseries to meet the Government’s 30 hour per week free childcare pledge, campaigners say. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has promised that every child will get 30 hours.....

Sugar levels in baby food should match World Health Organisation recommendations

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (21-Jan-16)

The European Parliament has scrapped draft plans that would allow baby food to contain more than three times more sugar than recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The plans were vetoed, following a ruling which indicated.....

More time outdoors could stop children developing short-sightedness

Angeline Albert, News Editor (21-Jan-16)

The number of short sighted children in the UK has more than doubled over the last 50 years but more time outdoors could help, academics say. Researchers at Ulster University have found a ‘two-fold increase’.....

App created to help parents decide if their baby needs to see a doctor

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (21-Jan-16)

An app has been created to help parents make the decision as to whether their baby needs to see a doctor. The app has been created by charity, The Lullaby Trust, who work to support bereaved families and offer advice on safer sleep.....

Majority of UK under-fives are not getting enough exercise, experts warn

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (20-Jan-16)

The British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health (BHFNC) has published a new manifesto for physical activity in early years settings. The Best Start in Life manifesto establishes key points to ensure.....

Nursery rhyme teaches public how to perform CPR on babies

Angeline Albert, News Editor (20-Jan-16)

For a parent whose baby has stopped breathing, a new nursery rhyme featuring Humpty Dumpty has been created to teach them what to do to save their child’s life. Old nursery characters Incy Wincy Spider, Humpty.....

Education Secretary announces special measures to protect children from extremism

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

The Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has revealed plans for a new resource for parents and education professionals, in a bid to protect children from radicalisation and the ‘spell of twisted ideologies’. The new 'Educate Against.....

Scottish nursery sector gets free training

Angeline Albert, News Editor (19-Jan-16)

Thousands of nurseries in Scotland will receive free early years training until March to help them provide better childcare. National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), a charity representing children’s.....

Pregnant women urged to attend non-invasive Down’s Syndrome screening

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (18-Jan-16)

The UK National Screening Committee is urging pregnant women to attend a new non-invasive screening process to detect the presence of Down’s Syndrome. The blood test is accurate, safe and could prevent thousands of invasive health.....

Childcare Minister visits primary school in support of 'Starting School Together' project

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (15-Jan-16)

Minister for Childcare and Education Sam Gyimah, made a recent visit to Millfield Primary School in Littleport, to meet children and see the positive effects of a new project 'Starting School Together’. Launched.....

Ex-nursery worker held over indecent child images

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (14-Jan-16)

Two nurseries located in Paignton, Devon, have been temporarily closed after a former employee was arrested on suspicion of possessing and distributing indecent images of children. A 43-year-old man, who.....

Potato based diet could increase diabetes risk during pregnancy

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (13-Jan-16)

Women have been warned that eating too many potatoes could increase the risk of diabetes during pregnancy, according to new research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). US researchers have warned.....

Early years experts reveal how practitioners can be better supported to deliver high-quality care

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (11-Jan-16)

The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) has published a sector-wide strategy that supports childcare professionals to improve their skills throughout their career, and encourages them to do so through increased.....

Seasonal flu is 'circulating' warns Public Health England

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (08-Jan-16)

The latest information from Public Health England (PHE) indicates that flu is currently circulating in communities across England. The chief medical officer for PHE has advised the use of antivirals drugs.....

Prince George spends his first day at his Montessori nursery

Sue Learner, Editor (07-Jan-16)

Prince George has started at his Montessori nursery in Norfolk, with his mother, the Duchess of Cornwall taking photographs of his first day. The two-year-old was photographed outside West Acre Montessori.....

Child nutrition guru Annabel Karmel to design menus for Fennies nurseries

Sue Learner, Editor (05-Jan-16)

Annabel Karmel, seen by many parents as a child nutrition guru, has been chosen by Fennies nurseries to design its menus. Ms Karmel who has written a number of books on nutrition for babies, children and.....