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TV game show needs mums to take part in science experiment

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-May-15)

Duck Quacks Don’t Echo, the comedy panel TV game show hosted by Lee Mack, is looking for mums of babies up to the age of 12 months to take part in a science experiment. The show which has been aired on Sky1.....

Virtual Learning Hub launched to improve numeracy across Scotland

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-May-15)

Early learning and childcare settings in Scotland now have access to their own National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub, established to inspire good practice and to make the most of learning potential. Developed.....

Queen's Speech: Free childcare to double for working parents

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-May-15)

A commitment by the new majority Conservative Government to more free childcare, confirmed in The Queen’s Speech, has largely been welcomed by the early years sector, although the question of funding remains an ever-present shadow. The.....

Middle income earners urged to assess financial options, as tax-free childcare will not benefit them

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-May-15)

The Family and Childcare Trust is warning families on middle incomes that the new Government’s Tax-free Childcare Scheme, to be launched this autumn, will be of little benefit to them. While Working Tax Credits are available to.....

Pre-school Learning Alliance publishes post-election early years manifesto

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (19-May-15)

The Pre-school Learning Alliance has revealed the contents of their post-election manifesto for the consideration of the new Conservative Government. The ‘Early Years Agenda’ focuses on three main areas including; funding, Ofsted.....

Effect of meningitis on memory and IQ still evident in children one year on

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-May-15)

Research into the lasting effect of severe illnesses such as meningitis and septicaemia has shown that problems can remain evident over a year after having the illness. The study, funded by the Meningitis Research Foundation.....

PACEY childcare survey reveals practitioners championing learning through play in the early years

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-May-15)

Childcare practitioners want children to be free to learn through play and a greater emphasis placed on natural playing as opposed to structured learning to ‘let children be children’. The findings come as Professional Association.....

BBC One television show looking for families for second series of 'Eat Well For Less'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (11-May-15)

After a successful first series, the cost-cutting TV show 'Eat Well For Less' has been commissioned for a second series. BBC One are looking for families to take part and be helped to reduce the cost of their weekly shop through.....

Nursery leaders call on new Conservative Government to honour childcare funding review promise

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-May-15)

The three big childcare organisations, NDNA, Pre-School Learning Alliance and PACEY, have been quick to remind David Cameron of his pre-election promise over childcare funding. The Conservatives won the General.....

New Tory Government urged to invest in and prioritise early intervention

Sue Learner, News Editor (08-May-15)

The Early Intervention Foundation is urging the new Tory Government, which has won the election with an outright majority, to invest in and prioritise early intervention. The Prime Minister kept hold of the.....

Nursery group crowns winners of 'Busy Bees Goes Wild' competition

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (06-May-15)

Busy Bees nursery group has announced the winners of their 'Busy Bees Goes Wild' winter nature scrapbook competition by revealing the winning scrapbook to 237 of their nurseries across the UK. The creative project was launched.....

Charities urge early intervention regarding social problems affecting children and young people

Nina Hathway, News Editor (05-May-15)

The next government must follow through on manifesto promises and its “moral duty” to invest in and prioritise early intervention and prevention, a coalition of leading charities have warned. Analysis by.....