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PACEY to provide insight into childcare issues in live twitter debate

Julia Corbett, News Editor (29-Nov-13)

Parents and childcare professionals will be able to take part in a question and answer discussion about childcare related issues next week as part of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) first #askPACEY.....

Shared parental leave plans revealed by Deputy Prime Minister

Julia Corbett, News Editor (29-Nov-13)

Nick Clegg has announced plans to ‘radically’ reform parental leave by allowing both mothers and fathers up to one year’s leave to look after their new born baby. The move should create greater flexibility.....

Troubled Families programme turning around the lives of over 20,000 households

Julia Corbett, News Editor (26-Nov-13)

Half way through the Troubled Families Programme, the Government has claimed it is on track to change the lives of 120,000 families by 2015. Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government.....

Day Nursery sector welcomes Government bursary as crucial for workforce development

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Nov-13)

Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss has announced the doubling of bursaries for two hundred apprentices, a move that has impressed leading early years organisations. National Day Nurseries Association chief.....

Montessori launches childcare training project for teenage mums

Julia Corbett, News Editor (21-Nov-13)

Teenage mums are being given the chance to receive formal childcare training to expand career prospects and improve parenting skills in a new Bristol based project. The project has been created from a.....

Online advent calendar is getting toddlers active this Christmas

Julia Corbett, News Editor (21-Nov-13)

Parents can now access an online advent calendar which suggests new ways to keep children active in the build up to Christmas day. The free calendar has been created by The Infant and Toddler Forum (ITF).....

Inequality in Scottish Government funded childcare blamed on birthday discrimination

Julia Corbett, News Editor (21-Nov-13)

Half of Scottish children are receiving less Government funded childcare care than others because of the month in which they are born. Independent think-tank Reform Scotland has released figures showing the legal entitlement.....

Busy Bees nurseries celebrates thirty years of childcare with Guinness World Record attempt

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Nov-13)

The UK’s largest childcare provider Busy Bees is celebrating its thirtieth birthday by attempting to make it into the Guinness Book of Records. Thousands of children, nursery staff and parents will be involved.....

Childcare Expo announces new London date after Coventry success

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

Now with an established sector event, the organisers behind Childcare Expo have announced an additional date next year in order to reach out to nursery professionals in London and the South. The Coventry date, held in September,.....

Alliance voices concern with the removal of ratio amendments from Children and Families Bill

Ellie Neville, News Editor (14-Nov-13)

Neil Leitch of the Pre-School Learning Alliance has questioned whether the nursery sector is a Government priority, following the rejection of recent proposals to place current child staff ratios into primary legislation. He said:.....

New publication aims to improve nursery providers’ communications skills

Nina Hathway, News Editor (13-Nov-13)

A new Pre-school Learning Alliance publication ‘Language Links’ identifies the type of communication issues that may affect both parents and children in early years environments and explores ways of making.....

Nearly three-quarters of eligible disadvantaged children now receiving free childcare

Nina Hathway, News Editor (13-Nov-13)

Around 92,000 of the most disadvantaged two-year-olds in England are now receiving up to 15 hours a week of fully funded childcare - just weeks after free pre-school education for these children was introduced. The Department.....

Nursery dental care initiative saves millions of pounds and reduces tooth decay in Scotland

Nina Hathway, News Editor (11-Nov-13)

A nursery toothbrushing programme has produced a saving in the cost of children’s dental treatment of just over £6m and has been responsible for a sharp decline in tooth decay in young children. A study.....

Children on Welsh Government’s Flying Start scheme talk more clearly and have better vocabulary

Nina Hathway, News Editor (11-Nov-13)

Children on the Welsh Government’s Flying Start scheme talk more clearly and with a better vocabulary, according to an evaluation report of the initiative. Flying Start offers eligible parents in Wales.....

Further 36 cases of measles reported in South West Wales

Julia Corbett, News Editor (08-Nov-13)

Less than four months after the end of Wales’s biggest measles outbreak since the introduction of the MMR vaccination, a second outbreak has affected four schools. Public Health Wales (PHW) reported 36 outbreaks of measles in.....

All pregnant women to be given folic acid supplement for free

Ellie Neville, News Editor (08-Nov-13)

Research reveals that only half of pregnant women take a pregnancy multivitamin despite suggested health benefits by The Department of Health. Parenting club Bounty which provides mother’s with free parenting.....

New creative range of Early Years Foundation Stage resources launched today

Ellie Neville. News Editor (07-Nov-13)

Earlyarts, which creates art related teaching materials for early years settings, has launched a new range of resources with the aim to bring the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) to life. Based on research.....

Chief executive of charity 4Children admitted to the Freedom of the City of London

Ellie Neville, News Editor (07-Nov-13)

In acknowledgement of her 25 year career championing the needs of children and families, Anne Longfield, chief executive of the charity 4Children has been admitted to the Freedom of the City of London. Graham Allen MP, chair.....

Ofsted chair calls for more two and three-year olds to be educated at ‘all-through’ schools

Sue Learner, News Editor (06-Nov-13)

Ofsted chair Baroness Sally Morgan has called for more ‘all through’ schools incorporating nursery, primary, secondary and sixth form to help address the gap in development between disadvantaged children and those from better off.....

Sugary drinks tax could help tackle childhood obesity

Julia Corbett, News Editor (01-Nov-13)

A study published in the British Medical Journal has claimed a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks could help target and tackle obesity in young people. The Children’s Food Trust has welcomed the call but highlighted the need for.....