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4Children calls upon Government and local authorities to protect Children's Centres

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Oct-13)

Children’s Centres should be placed at the heart of local early intervention and prevention strategies, according to national charity 4Children. Publishing its Children’s Centre Census 2013, the charity is looking to highlight.....

British children rank spiders as their ultimate everyday fear

Julia Corbett, News Editor (28-Oct-13)

British children have ranked spiders as their number one fear on a survey that lists their top ten everyday fears. In the lead up to Halloween, a report into children’s fears found spiders and the dark.....

Family event at childhood museum to explore benefits of Montessori approach

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Oct-13)

Montessori St Nicholas is holding a Montessori for Families Event at the V&A Museum of Childhood, so families can explore how the approach can benefit child development. The event in Bethnal Green, London,.....

Active play is crucial to childhood development, say childcare experts

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

An independent group of leading experts in child nutrition and development has issued a set of top tips to help nursery staff and parents encourage young children to take part in more physical activity. The.....

Families urged to have a daily digital detox

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

Parents and children are being urged to take part in Tech Timeout, an initiative encouraging families to ditch digital devices such as iPads and mobiles for over an hour a day, to help parents and children build stronger bonds and.....

Childcare body warns nurseries to be on the lookout for UK’s most venomous spider

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

The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years has called on nurseries in affected areas to be on the lookout for the false widow spider. “You may have seen recent news reports showing an increase.....

Montessori Centre International holds Early Childhood Practice Foundation Degree Open Day

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

Montessori Centre International in London is hosting an Open Day for people wishing to find out more about the Foundation Degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice. The Open Day, which is on Wednesday.....

Asquith invests £80k in new kitchen and team of chefs for its nurseries

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

Asquith nursery chain has invested £80,000 in a new kitchen where food is freshly prepared by a team of chefs for children at four of its nurseries. Day nurseries Kew, Richmond, St Mary’s and Trafalgar,.....

Welsh early years programme Flying Start to receive £11m funding boost

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Oct-13)

The Welsh Government’s programme to help children in the most deprived areas of Wales is to receive an £11m funding boost so more families benefit from the free scheme. The Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty,.....

Fifty per cent of toddlers have regular access to touchscreen tablets

Julia Corbett, News Editor (14-Oct-13)

A survey has revealed a rise in two and three year olds accessing tablets and other touch screen devices for entertainment and to aid learning. The survey of 1,000 parents conducted on behalf of childen's app range ‘Justin’s.....

Ofsted under pressure to justify inspection results

Richard Howard, News Editor (11-Oct-13)

Learning that more day nurseries have had their ratings downgraded has led to the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) questioning the methods of regulator Ofsted. The NDNA has doubts that Ofsted is currently inspecting the.....

Lack of knowledge about vitamin D is still leaving the under-5s at risk, says research

Nina Hathway, News Editor (09-Oct-13)

A report from the Feeding for Life Foundation (FfLF) has highlighted ongoing difficulties in combating the growing problem of vitamin D deficiency. Insufficient vitamin D can lead to deficiency diseases such as rickets and hypocalcaemic.....

Conference at Winchester University to explore Icelandic and Scandinavian approach to early years education

Sue Learner, News Editor (09-Oct-13)

The conference ‘Malaguzzi and Contemporary Early Years Alternatives: Lessons from Iceland and Reggio Emilia’, being held at Winchester University, aims to help nursery practitioners create “early childhood environments that are developmentally.....

Ofsted inspectors to look at ‘any concerns that have arisen’ when inspecting nurseries under new inspection framework

Nina Hathway, News Editor (08-Oct-13)

Ofsted inspectors will have to ‘look at any concerns that have arisen’ and take into account a nursery’s history, when carrying out inspections under the new framework. Updated versions of ‘Conducting early.....

New Channel 4 show looking for children to film playing in a nursery

Sue Learner, News Editor (03-Oct-13)

A new Channel 4 show is looking for four-year-old children and their parents to take part in a show exploring how their behaviour can give an insight into what type of adult they will become. The science.....

Kids Planet nursery chain sees further expansion

Sue Learner, News Editor (03-Oct-13)

Kids Planet nursery group has added two more nurseries to its portfolio. The two nurseries, Jeffrey’s Corner in Dukinfield, Cheshire and Jeffrey’s Corner in Springhead, Oldham - were sold to Kids Planet in.....

Another primary school embraces Montessori ethos and teaching

Nina Hathway (02-Oct-13)

The Montessori St Nicholas charity has granted £10,000 to the St Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Saffron Waldon, Essex, to spend on Montessori equipment for Reception class children. The school, which already has a Montessori.....