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Alistair Bryce-Clegg: If there is no 'thrill', children will not have the 'will' to learn

Melissa McAlees (29-Jun-17)

“Without thrill, there is no will to take part and without the will, how can children successfully acquire the skill?” According to author and early years expert Alistair Bryce-Clegg, this principle applies.....

Government urged to focus on quality, not quantity of childcare places

Melissa McAlees (28-Jun-17)

The Government should focus on improving the quality of early education, rather than increasing the quantity of places available, a new report has found. The Social Mobility Commission, an independent body.....

Children born prematurely perform equally as well at school as their peers, study finds

Melissa McAlees (27-Jun-17)

Premature babies perform just as well at school as children who were carried to full term, a new study has found. Researchers, who followed more than one million US children, found parents' fears that premature.....

Nursery workers go on 'inspirational trip' to Sweden to explore everything early years

Melissa McAlees (26-Jun-17)

A team of early years practitioners at Childbase Partnership have gone the extra mile for the children in their care after going on a fact-finding tour in Sweden. The 'inspirational trip' was funded by company.....

Nottinghamshire nursery where 'children share and patiently take turns' rated 'outstanding'

Michaela Mildenhall (26-Jun-17)

Children 1st @ Newark Town in Nottinghamshire has been rated by Ofsted inspectors as ‘outstanding’ in all areas for achieving ‘excellent levels of independence and social confidence’ as shown by how children ‘share, negotiate and.....

Some dads work later to avoid 90 minute battle to get children to bed

Angeline Albert (23-Jun-17)

Parents spend 90 minutes on average putting kids to bed – causing some dads (15 per cent) to work later to avoid the bedtime routine altogether. Of the 2,000 parents surveyed, with children under three-years-old,.....

Nursery founder who left school with no qualifications is 'thrilled' by OBE from Queen

Angeline Albert (20-Jun-17)

She may have left school with no qualifications at the age of 15 but Margaret Mason, the chief executive of Children 1st Day Nurseries, received an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's birthday honours,.....

Government reshuffle sees childcare minister Caroline Dinenage depart

Angeline Albert (16-Jun-17)

Caroline Dinenage, the minister who had portfolio responsibility for early years, has moved Government departments to join the Department of Work and Pensions, following a post-election reshuffle. Working.....

'Stability is urgently needed' in wake of General Election, say nurseries

Melissa McAlees (09-Jun-17)

A period of political uncertainty lies ahead for the early years sector, as Britain woke up to a hung parliament this morning. Whilst the Conservative Party was left eight seats short of the 326 needed to.....

Nursery worker assaulted by three females shouting 'Allah will get you'

Melissa McAlees (08-Jun-17)

A nursery worker was left with broken ribs after she was kicked and slashed with a Stanley knife in north-east London on 7 June. The victim, named as Katie and in her 30’s, was walking to work along Hermon.....

New Children's Laureate Lauren Child says children 'need the freedom to dream and imagine'

Michaela Mildenhall (08-Jun-17)

Lauren Child, the highly acclaimed children’s author and illustrator, is to become the 10th Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate. The award is given every two years and was previously occupied by Chris Riddell......

Babies moved into their own room at four months 'sleep better'

Melissa McAlees (07-Jun-17)

Room sharing between babies and parents beyond the first four months is associated with less sleep for babies and unsafe sleeping practices, new research suggests. The US study, published in the journal Pediatrics,.....

RSPB scheme helps nursery children 'connect with nature'

Michaela Mildenhall (07-Jun-17)

Pupils from Northbourne Park, a nursery and pre-preparatory school in Kent, have just achieved their bronze award certificates in the RSPB ‘Wild Challenge’ scheme, which was launched last Easter with the aim of putting children back.....

Nursery fined £10,000 after child suffered allergic reaction to meal containing nuts

Melissa McAlees (06-Jun-17)

A nursery in Godalming, Surrey, has been prosecuted after a child with allergies had to be taken to hospital after being fed a meal containing nuts. The nursery, which cannot be named for legal reasons,.....