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Parents and early years educators need to assess reading skills earlier

Richard Howard, News Editor (30-Jul-14)

Too many children face starting school with inadequate reading skills, according to literacy skills company Everybody Learns. Looking to highlight differences in reading skill levels in a 4–7 year age group, Everybody Learns wants.....

Online register launched to ease child adoption process

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Jul-14)

Children listed on the national Adoption Register can soon be viewed online by people approved at 29 councils and voluntary adoptions agencies, after the Government agreed to a pilot focused on placing children more quickly. With.....

Obesity in five year olds can lead to early puberty

Richard Howard, News Editor (28-Jul-14)

New research from Plymouth University has identified a link between childhood obesity and the lowering of the age of puberty. Published in the ‘Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism’, the study.....

Babies in the womb capable of recognising nursery rhymes

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Jul-14)

The ability of babies to learn even when they are in the womb should not be underestimated, according to researchers, who found unborn babies can recognise nursery rhymes by the time the mother is 34 weeks pregnant. Many.....

Criticism over plans for schools to give priority admission to children who attend their nurseries

Sue Learner, News Editor (23-Jul-14)

New admission plans by the Government, will give children from deprived backgrounds who attend a school nursery, priority when applying for a place at the school. The proposal is part of a consultation on.....

Childbase Partnership nursery staff embark on £50,000 fundraising bike ride

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Jul-14)

The boss of Childbase Partnership nursery chain accompanied by five nursery staff are going on a 767 mile fundraising cycle ride, which involves going to every one of the Partnership’s 47 nurseries. The team.....

Number of Welsh children benefiting from Flying Start rises by a third

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Jul-14)

A third more children in Wales benefited from the early years programme, Flying Start, in 2012-13 compared to 2013-14, according to new figures from the Welsh Government. The Flying Start programme offers.....

Nearly third of councils cannot afford new free school meals scheme

Sue Learner, News Editor (17-Jul-14)

The Labour Party claims that nearly a third of local authorities cannot afford to fund the Government’s free school meals scheme, that is being offered to all children in England during their first three years at school. The.....

Wales joins England in banning smoking in cars carrying children

Sue Learner, News Editor (17-Jul-14)

The Welsh Government has joined England in pledging to ban people smoking in private vehicles when children are present. The ban will protect children from the dangers associated with passive smoking, which.....

Lack of summer holiday childcare loses UK economy nearly a million working days

Nina Hathway, News Editor (16-Jul-14)

New research by the Family and Childcare Trust and parenting website Netmums has revealed that almost a fifth (17 per cent) of parents had to call in sick last year in order to manage childcare during the.....

Free early education offer not enough to boost children’s chances, says think tank

Nina Hathway, News Editor (16-Jul-14)

Young children whose parents work for at least 20 hours a week should get up to 25 hours free early education instead of the standard 15 hours offered currently, recommends a new report from leading think tank CentreForum......

Cabinet reshuffle results in departure of childcare minister Elizabeth Truss and education secretary Michael Gove

Nina Hathway, News Editor (15-Jul-14)

Prime Minister David Cameron’s wide-ranging reshuffle of the Conservative members in his Cabinet has meant that education secretary Michael Gove gains a behind-the-scenes role as chief whip, while childcare minister Elizabeth Truss.....

Ditching technology for one day every week will improve family relationships

Julia Corbett, News Editor (10-Jul-14)

Families should have a ‘no technology day’ once a week to improve the health and fitness of children and boost family relationships. The call has come from the head of membership at the Register of Exercise.....

GPs and frontline professionals are best placed to act on child neglect

Julia Corbett, News Editor (09-Jul-14)

General Practitioners (GPs) are ideally placed to spot and act on warning signs of child neglect, according to a joint report by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and children’s charity National Society for the Prevention.....

Sugary drinks sales fall following Change4 Life campaign

Julia Corbett, News Editor (09-Jul-14)

Purchases of sugary drinks fell by over eight per cent in January 2014 compared to last year, with a sustained drop in sales of five per cent to May. The Government say the successful drop in sales of unhealthy sugary and fizzy.....

A wide range of organisations want to help families during separation

Richard Howard, News Editor (02-Jul-14)

Helping children to avoid as much stress as possible during their parents’ separation is the focus of a new ‘Mark’ to be awarded by Help and Support for Separated Families (HSSF). The Mark, managed and promoted by charity 4Children,.....