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Early Years children at centre of Government's pledge to cut calorie intake and obesity

Richard Howard, News Editor (30-Mar-12)

Combating a growing obesity rate amongst England’s youngest generations is one of the key priorities of the Department of Health’s Responsibility Deal, to which Health Secretary Andrew Lansley this week confirmed the Government’s.....

Early Years Foundation Stage welcomed by key pre-school organisations

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Mar-12)

The Department for Education has this week published the details of the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, to take effect in September 2012. The publication confirms a number of key childcare and learning commitments:.....

New Maidstone nursery from kidsunlimited shows great potential

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-Mar-12)

Leading nursery provider kidsunlimited have reported on a successful first two months at their newest nursery facility in Maidstone. Opened by the local mayor in January, the purposely-designed childcare premises features a.....

Busy Bees Childcare receive second national health and safety award

Rachel Baker, News Editor (26-Mar-12)

Busy Bees Childcare, the largest provider of private day care in the UK, has achieved a second national health and safety award. The Busy Bees are currently the only childcare provider to hold the Occupational Health and.....

Literacy and numeracy skills of childcare professionals defended by nursery chiefs

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Mar-12)

The Nutbrown Review, commissioned by the Government to strengthen the standards and qualifications of early years professionals, has published its Interim Report and led to fierce media debate over the teaching abilities of staff.....

Daycare Trust and University of Oxford release quality measures in childcare study

Rachel Baker, News Editor (22-Mar-12)

A study by Daycare Trust, The University of Oxford and A+ Education states Ofsted grades should be used alongside existing quality assessments when looking at childcare settings. It finds Ofsted grades are too broad to provide a detailed.....

George Osborne’s Budget speech – on working families

Rachel Baker, News Editor (22-Mar-12)

Chancellor George Osborne unveiled new measures in his budget yesterday that he believes reward work, boost business and help people with aspirations to do better for themselves and their families. In his budget speech.....

National Children's Bureau’s concerns over Working Tax Credit

Rachel Baker, News Editor (22-Mar-12)

The National Children's Bureau is a leading research and development charity working to improve the lives of children and young people – especially the vulnerable. Later this year, NCB will be releasing research on the impact of the.....

National Charity 4Children comment on the Budget

Rachel Baker, News Editor (22-Mar-12)

4Children, the national charity for children and families spearhead an integrated approach to children’s services. They work with partners around the country to ensure children and families have access to the services and support.....

Child Benefit – 2012 Budget

Rachel Baker, News Editor (21-Mar-12)

Chancellor George Osborne has announced changes to child benefit in the 2012 budget. In a household where someone has an income of more than £50,000, child benefit will be withdrawn through an income tax charge. The withdrawal.....

Busy Bees are raising money for charity whilst getting fit for the Olympics

Rachel Baker, News Editor (21-Mar-12)

Busy Bees nursery children are very busy this year, with their own Olympic style torch going around the UK. They are getting fit running a Golden Mile and raising money for the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust. A child-friendly.....

Busy Bees receive award for serving fresh and healthy meals

Rachel Baker, News Editor (20-Mar-12)

Busy Bees, the UK’s largest childcare provider have been awarded a prestigious bronze Food for Life Catering Mark from the Soil Association. The award acknowledges Busy Bees for serving fresh and healthy meals in 129 nurseries across.....

Children celebrate a week of being active and eating healthily

Rachel Baker, News Editor (20-Mar-12)

Children in nurseries up and down the UK celebrated the National Day Nurseries Association’s annual healthy lifestyle campaign – Healthy Body, Happy Me – which gives children positive experiences of being active and eating healthily......

Arts and early years network to launch new national strategy

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Mar-12)

Earlyarts, the largest national network for people working creatively with children and families in the arts, cultural and early years, is to launch its new national strategy. It will be launching the strategy on 2 April at.....

Parents told not to give pure fruit juice to toddlers

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Mar-12)

Pure fruit juice should not be given to toddlers because it can cause tooth decay, warns the Infant and Toddler Forum. The forum has issued its warning in the wake of research from Kathy Harley, dean of the dental faculty at.....

Pupils with poor academic records still steered towards ‘hair or care’, says early years Nutbrown Review

Sue Learner, News Editor (13-Mar-12)

Pupils with poor academic records are still being steered towards ‘hair or care’ with early years courses ‘often the easiest to enrol on', says the Nutbrown Review into early education and childcare qualifications. In the interim.....

UK’s only co-operative nursery provider adds two more nurseries to its growing chain

Sue Learner, News Editor (13-Mar-12)

The Co-operative Childcare nursery chain has acquired two nurseries in Leamington Spa as part of its expansion programme. The Banana Moon nurseries at Upper Grove Street and Spencer Street have joined the leading ethical childcare.....

Free distance learning packages available for Pre-School Learning Alliance members

Richard Howard, News Editor (12-Mar-12)

The Pre-School Learning Alliance has announced that free training packages are being made available for its 14,000 members, thanks to a partnership deal with training provider EduCare. Day nurseries across England can enrol.....

Charity 4Children to take over seven children's centres in Hampshire

Richard Howard, News Editor (09-Mar-12)

4Children, a national charity for children and families, has confirmed it will take over the running of seven children’s centres in Hampshire, after the local council agreed to an innovative new collaboration. With an approach.....

Sure Start children's centres to undergo payment-by-results trial

Richard Howard, News Editor (08-Mar-12)

The Department of Education has announced that a number of local authorities have been selected in order to trial whether ‘payment by results’ can improve the contribution of Sure Start Children’s Centres. The trialling will.....