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Government announces multi-million apprenticeship bursary scheme for aspiring early years professionals

Laura McCardle, News Editor (31-May-13)

People wishing to take childcare courses are set to receive a helping hand after the Department for Education revealed a £2 million apprenticeship bursary scheme. From September anyone wishing to pursue.....

Busy Bees nursery celebrates ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating

Laura McCardle, News Editor (31-May-13)

Staff at a Cheshire nursery are celebrating after receiving top marks during a recent Ofsted inspection. The Northwich branch of Busy Bees was rated ‘outstanding’ by the body in recognition of its high standards......

Pre-School Learning Alliance chief executive wants more detail on Government’s Childcare Commission consultation

Laura McCardle, News Editor (31-May-13)

The chief executive of the Pre-School Learning Alliance has expressed his disappointment at the Government’s refusal to release details of its Childcare Commission consultation. The organisation submitted.....

Care Inspectorate publishes results of major child protection study

Laura McCardle, News Editor (30-May-13)

The Care Inspectorate has today published a major report into how well Scotland’s children are protected from risk. A three-year initiative evaluated how well services in each of the 32 council areas are.....

Asquith nurseries celebrate surge of ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings

Laura McCardle, News Editor (30-May-13)

Asquith is celebrating this month after six of its 78 nurseries were rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Woodlands Day Nursery, in Tunbridge Wells, recently underwent a £150,000 refurbishment and was praised.....

Picnics for people concerned about childcare ratio changes ahead of London Early Years Foundation's day of action

Laura McCardle, News Editor (29-May-13)

The Old Station Nursery is hosting drop in picnics so parents and staff can discuss their concerns over controversial proposals to change childcare ratios. The events on Friday have been organised by the.....

Children at kidsunlimited nursery honoured with letter from the Queen

Laura McCardle, News Editor (29-May-13)

Children at kidsunlimited’s Callands nursery, in Warrington, were honoured to receive a letter from the Queen, thanking them for their birthday wishes. Lady in Waiting Kirsty Ostell sent the note on behalf.....

NDNA provides bespoke training on how to support disadvantaged two-year-olds

Laura McCardle, News Editor (29-May-13)

Childcare providers in the Isles of Scilly have received bespoke training on how to support practitioners in delivering funded early education places to disadvantaged two-year-olds. The training was delivered.....

Ofsted suspends registration of Worcestershire sex abuse nurseries

Laura McCardle, News Editor (28-May-13)

Ofsted has suspended the registration of three Worcestershire nurseries embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal while police carry out investigations. The decision was made after six men were arrested last week.....

4Children and the National Children’s Bureau team up to present new Government initiative

Laura McCardle, News Editor (28-May-13)

The Department for Education has announced that 4Children and the National Children’s Bureau have joined forces to form The Children’s Partnership. It will be the Department’s voluntary, community and.....

4Children campaign as almost half of UK families sacrifice children's birthday parties to pay the bills

Laura McCardle, News Editor (28-May-13)

A leading children’s charity presented George Osborne with a special cake and card to mark his 42nd birthday after it was revealed that almost half of UK families are unable to afford parties for their children. Representatives.....

Police arrest five men over sexual abuse at nursery

(23-May-13)

West Mercia Police has arrested five men, after a young child told of being sexually assaulted at a Montessori nursery in Worcestershire. Last week, a mother contacted police after her child revealed the.....

Early Years Professionals to become Maths Champions in nurseries

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-May-13)

Early Years Professionals are to be recruited as local maths champions to inspire nursery staff to develop their own maths skills and to lead innovative practice in maths for children under five. The move.....

Kiddi Caru nursery staff flashed their bras for Moonwalk London 2013

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-May-13)

Kiddi Caru nursery staff walked through the night in brightly decorated bras to raise money for the breast cancer charity, Walk the Walk. They joined 17,000 others to walk The Full Moon marathon (26.2 miles).....

MP calls for Commons nursery to up its fees or close

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-May-13)

MP Roger Godsiff has called on Parliament to either up the fees at the House of Commons nursery or close it, after it made a loss of over £100,000 last year. The Labour MP has tabled a motion claiming the.....

Coalition urged to publish findings of the Childcare Commission

Richard Howard, News Editor (17-May-13)

In another week when the Government is being accused of mixed and confusing messages on childcare reform, early years professionals are challenging ministers to end the uncertainty by revealing the recommendations of last year’s Childcare.....

Montessori acquires Longacre Childcare

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-May-13)

Montessori St Nicholas, the UK charity for Montessori, has purchased Longacre Childcare Limited as part of its growing portfolio. Longacre has three day nurseries in Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Philip.....

Verdicts on child neglect and abuse require new legal right

Richard Howard, News Editor (15-May-13)

How to enable children to properly express their views, in relation to matters of harm, neglect and abuse, is the focus of new research from the National Children’s Bureau (NCB). Calling for a new ‘legal right to an independent.....

Books contain the 'seeds of dreams', according to Dolly Parton

Richard Howard, News Editor (15-May-13)

Country music star Dolly Parton is calling for widespread community action to fight illiteracy, by asking for children to be signed up to the UK’s Imagination Library. Active in both the US and the UK since 2007, the Imagination.....

4Children announce 'Reach Out' programme in national drive to support Children's Centres

Richard Howard, News Editor (14-May-13)

Department of Education funding will enable charity 4Children to pursue its vision of providing Community Childcare Hubs, that will support Children’s Centres in reaching out to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families. As.....