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Think-tank reveals North-South divide between early years attainment

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (27-Oct-15)

Less than half of children born into the poorest families in the North of England reach a good standard of development by the time they are five years’ old, according to the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR). The.....

GMB union calls for immediate reinstatement of 'targeted and victimised' nursery manager

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (26-Oct-15)

A union for school support staff has called for the immediate reinstatement of Rowley Owl’s nursery manager, Emma Jewkes, who was suspended by Rowley Hall Primary school on Friday 23 October 2015. GMB launched.....

Trial launched to boost numeracy skills for disadvantaged three and four-year-olds

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (23-Oct-15)

A new trial has been announced by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) that will find out if training nursery staff to help build the confidence and maths skills of their colleagues could help to develop early numeracy skills.....

Nurseries with majority of staff qualified to level 3 more likely to be rated 'outstanding'

Sue Learner, Editor (15-Oct-15)

Nurseries and pre-schools that have three-quarters or more of their staff qualified to level 3 or above are more likely to be rated ‘outstanding’, according to new statistics from the education watchdog Ofsted. The.....

Summer born children more likely to be healthy adults

Sue Learner, Editor (14-Oct-15)

Children born in June, July and August tend to be slightly heavier at birth, taller as adults and go through puberty slightly later, than children born in the winter months, according to new research. The.....

Girls continue to outperform boys by the age of five

Nina Hathway, News Editor (13-Oct-15)

Girls are continuing to outperform boys by the end of reception year, according to the Department of Education’s analysis of this year’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) profile results. However the key.....

Red Cross urges parents to stop using old wives’ tales to treat burns

Nina Hathway, News Editor (12-Oct-15)

More than one in 10 parents are choosing to follow the advice contained in old wives’ tales to treat their children’s burns, according to a British Red Cross poll. Butter, margarine, spray-on cooling creams.....

Girls living in poverty more 'at risk' worldwide than boys

Nina Hathway, News Editor (12-Oct-15)

A newly published research paper shows that children all over the world are more likely to be at risk if they’re female and living below the poverty line. The associate professor of the University of Plymouth,.....

Poor vocabulary and problem-solving evident in poorer children

Angeline Albert, News Editor (08-Oct-15)

The vocabulary of the majority of five-year-olds is below average for children from the poorest households, according to a study of 10,000 children in Scotland. The 54 per cent figure for poorer children.....

Schools should offer childcare for full working day says minister

Angeline Albert, News Editor (07-Oct-15)

Parents will be able to request childcare from schools for the full working day including during the holidays, the education minister has announced. In her speech to the Conservative party conference, Education.....

Osborne gives grandparents right to Shared Parental Leave

Angeline Albert, News Editor (07-Oct-15)

Parents are to be helped to cut their childcare costs and return to work sooner following the Government’s decision to give working grandparents the right to Shared Parental Leave to care for grandchildren. Chancellor.....

Government urged to ban junk food TV ads before watershed

Angeline Albert, News Editor (07-Oct-15)

The Government must ban junk food adverts from being broadcast on television before 9pm if it wants to tackle childhood obesity, says the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The BHF says almost a third of the.....

A third of children under five own an iPad

Angeline Albert, News Editor (06-Oct-15)

A third of children under the age of five have been given their own iPad and use it for an average of one hour and 20 minutes a day, academics have revealed. Some 31 per cent of under-fives have an iPad and.....

Government must plug £1bn funding hole to deliver 30-hour childcare offer

Angeline Albert, News Editor (06-Oct-15)

Prime Minister David Cameron's election pledge to double the amount of free childcare available for three- and four-year-olds, is underfunded by £1bn a year, according to the Institute for Public Policy and Research (IPPR). The.....

Most parents think grandparents are best childcarers

Angeline Albert (05-Oct-15)

Nine out of 10 parents asked believe grandparents are the best people to look after their children while they work and most can only work their current hours because of the flexible childcare they offer. Research.....