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UK nursery prices rise by over 10 per cent as Chinese investors move in

Angeline Albert (19-Jan-18)

Rising demand from overseas investors particularly from China who are keen to buy UK nurseries, has pushed the average price of childcare businesses up by 10.8 per cent in 2017. Despite greater costs.....

Parents pay price for Government's 'free' childcare as nurseries charge for nappies

Angeline Albert (18-Jan-18)

Most childcare providers (65 per cent) which offer 30 hours ‘free’ childcare are charging parents extra for nappies, food and other services because of a lack of money from the Government to pay for the scheme......

PACEY president joins panel developing childcare T-levels

Angeline Albert (17-Jan-18)

Penny Tassoni, president of PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) has been appointed to a new panel responsible for developing childcare T-level courses. Reporting to the Department.....

Robert Winston calls on Ofsted to value child-led play

Angeline Albert (16-Jan-18)

Child development expert Robert Winston says child-initiated playtime is undervalued and wants Ofsted to reject the ‘flawed’ findings of its own report, which recommends four-year-olds be pushed harder to improve their writing, reading.....

Nursery manager finds first white Creme Egg and scoops £1,000

Sue Learner (11-Jan-18)

Natasha Bream, a manager of a nursery in Luton, is the first to find a limited edition white chocolate Creme Egg. Each white Creme Egg has a golden ticket with free cash. The 30-year-old bought three eggs.....

Singing in groups can help alleviate postnatal depression

Sue Learner (10-Jan-18)

Women who take part in group singing recover from moderate to severe postnatal depression quicker, according to a new study. The research by the Centre for Performance Science randomly placed 134 mothers.....

Childcare minister sacked in Cabinet reshuffle

Sue Learner (09-Jan-18)

Childcare minister Robert Goodwill, who has been sacked from his job in the Cabinet reshuffle, has claimed Theresa May was “making way for younger people”. The children and families minister has lost his.....

Education Secretary launches 'English Hubs' for four-year-olds

Sue Learner (08-Jan-18)

A national network of 35 ‘English Hubs’ are to work with disadvantaged four and five-year-olds in a bid to improve their reading and writing. The initiative will be run by a new Centre of Excellence for Literacy.....

MPs to look at impact of childcare on the economy

Melissa McAlees (05-Jan-18)

The Treasury Select Committee, which is chaired by former education secretary Nicky Morgan, has launched a new inquiry into how childcare can affect the economy. The committee of cross-party MPs will consider.....

Parents criticise Government's 100-calorie snack campaign as 'a step too far'

Melissa McAlees (04-Jan-18)

A new healthy eating campaign launched by Public Health England (PHE) has left many parents ‘furious’ with its ‘unrealistic’ guidelines. With latest research showing that children consume at least three.....

Fear of growing inequality as poorer parents miss out on formal childcare

Michaela Chirgwin (03-Jan-18)

An early years charity has warned of growing inequality as new figures show that under half of poorer families, earning less than £10,000 a year, are using formal childcare. The results of a parent survey.....

'Devastated' Montessori nursery closes after lack of funding

Melissa McAlees (03-Jan-18)

Parents of children attending a Hertfordshire nursery have been left ‘truly heartbroken’ after the setting was forced to close its doors for the final time just days before Christmas. Bishops Stortford Montessori.....

Scientists discover babies can 'learn to walk' at 10 weeks

Michaela Chirgwin (02-Jan-18)

Ten-week-old babies practice learning to walk by ‘reflex walking’, according to new research by Lancaster University. Two sets of infants took part in the study which was published in Neuropsychologia. One.....

Parents told to limit children's snacks to 100 calories

Melissa McAlees (02-Jan-18)

Children should be limited to two snacks of no more than 100 calories per day, a health body has warned. According to Public Health England (PHE), young children are consuming at least three unhealthy snacks.....