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Childcare places have dropped by more than 11,000, reveals Ofsted report

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (25-Nov-15)

Ofsted’s latest ‘Childcare Providers and Inspections' report has revealed that the number of childcare providers and available places have decreased since March this year. Although quality continues to improve,.....

Alzheimer's charity launches new website to help children understand dementia

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (24-Nov-15)

A new website has been launched to help children understand dementia, after a poll revealed that almost a third of parents say their children have been impacted by the condition. Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched a website called.....

Charity warns of the 'serious risk' cot bumpers pose to infants

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Nov-15)

The number of infant deaths linked to ‘cot bumpers’ has increased in recent years, according to a study published in the Journal of Paediatrics. US researchers found that 48 infant deaths between 1985 and.....

Government urged to act on children's accidental injuries to reduce A&E burden

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Nov-15)

Emergency doctors and safety campaigners have urged the Government to implement a national home-visiting scheme to help prevent accidental injuries to toddlers. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.....

Toys R Us removes gender-bias filters from its website to encourage 'gender-neutral playtime'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Nov-15)

One of the UK’s largest toy retailers has removed gender filters from its UK website, adopting a gender-free approach for shoppers in the lead up to Christmas. Toys R Us has updated its website allowing shoppers.....

Half of new mums worried about their mental health

Sue Learner, Editor (19-Nov-15)

Half of new mothers are concerned about their mental health and many are suffering in silence, according to new research. The report by the UK’s largest charity for parents, NCT, revealed that half of mums.....

Nursery children become budding young scientists with Growing Scientists Programme

Sue Learner, Editor (17-Nov-15)

Children at Bright Horizons Pimlico Nursery and Pre-school on Moreton Street in London have been taking part in the Bright Horizons Growing Scientists programme and creating experiments with liquids. In.....

Only a fifth of nursery practitioners earn over £20,000

Sue Learner, Editor (16-Nov-15)

Only a fifth of nursery practitioners earn over £20,000, according to a new survey. Nursery workers across the UK were polled by Voice, the union for education professionals, revealing that just under 20.....

Minister pledges to make England a safer place to have a baby

Angeline Albert, News Editor (16-Nov-15)

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said more mums will get the chance to have healthy babies because the Government plans to halve the number of stillbirth, neonatal and maternal deaths in England by 2030. The.....

Children In Need helps childcare provider entertain foster kids

Angeline Albert, News Editor (13-Nov-15)

Funding from BBC Children in Need has helped a child care provider support foster children in Carmarthenshire and it’s now returning the favour by fundraising at its nurseries. A £30,000 grant from BBC Children.....

Children benefit as inflation and wage increases see the Tooth Fairy pay up to £10 a tooth

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

Parents are paying up to £10 per tooth when the Tooth Fairy visits, while up North, children receive £1 per tooth. The study of 1,000 parents, conducted by Manchester dental practice, Carisbrook Dental, revealed.....

Nurseries could save money by challenging property tax rate

Angeline Albert, News Editor (11-Nov-15)

Nurseries throughout the UK could be missing a chance to save money because they are paying too much property tax. Three nurseries in Buckinghamshire have successfully challenged the rate of property tax.....

More than 100,000 children will be homeless this Christmas

Angeline Albert, News Editor (11-Nov-15)

On Christmas morning, 105,000 children in the UK will wake up without a home and many will self-harm, suffer depression and panic attacks. A lack of stability, security and the poor conditions of emergency.....

Innocent Drinks and Age UK encourage people to knit for 12th Big Knit Campaign

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (10-Nov-15)

Innocent Drinks and Age UK have launched the 12th Big Knit campaign to raise awareness of the millions of older people who die each winter, because of the cold. Each winter one older person dies every eight.....

New parents prevented from seeking mental health support by 'outdated stigma'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (10-Nov-15)

Midwives and nurses have called for better awareness of mental health problems experienced by new parents after pregnancy. A new study by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has revealed that new parents who experience depression.....

Radio station urges nurseries to donate toys to dying children

Angeline Albert, News Editor (10-Nov-15)

Pirate FM is appealing for nurseries to help make Christmas special for terminally ill children by giving them toys. Childcare providers are being called upon to give new toys to the children’s hospice Little.....

Is baby opera the next big thing?

Angeline Albert, News Editor (10-Nov-15)

Some might think opera is an art form best kept away from young ears but singers at the Theatre Royal Bath got babies gurgling their approval at the weekend. Newborn babies and those up to the age of 18 months.....

New group to be established to help reform childcare in Scotland

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (09-Nov-15)

The Childcare Alliance has welcomed the latest plans for the creation of a new group to lead a childcare reform in Scotland. Speaking at Children in Scotland’s annual conference on Wednesday 4 November,.....

Making a child wait for a cookie doesn't improve self-control

Angeline Albert, News Editor (09-Nov-15)

Expecting a child to wait for a treat or stop and count to 10 before acting on impulses are ineffective strategies to try out on young children, researchers reveal. Findings published in Psychological Science.....

New survey launched to discover how children learn to use cultural inventions

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (09-Nov-15)

Researchers at University of Sheffield have launched a new survey to find out when babies and toddlers learn how to use cultural inventions like spoons and iPads. Dr Elena Hoicka from the Department of Psychology, has invited parents.....