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Pregnant women and children encouraged to get flu vaccine as figures reveal overall effectiveness

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (29-Sep-15)

Vulnerable groups, including care workers, older people, pregnant women and children are being encouraged to have the latest flu vaccination after figures published revealed the overall effectiveness of the 2014-2015 vaccine. The.....

Childcare minister visits Paris to share ideas on best practice

Nina Hathway, News Editor (29-Sep-15)

With a brief to exchange ideas on expanding high quality childcare, Sam Gyimah, education and childcare minister, recently spent a couple of days in Paris with his French counterpart, Laurence Rossignol, minister for childhood, family,.....

Learning to read with phonics has increased number of 'excellent' young readers by 20 per cent

Nina Hathway, News Editor (28-Sep-15)

According to newly published figures, 120,000 more children are now on track to become excellent readers as a result of the Government’s focus on phonics, thereby vindicating the reforms to transform the way young people learn to.....

Free school meals face being cut during Department of Education spending review

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (28-Sep-15)

Proposed plans to cut free school meals for infants could lead to an increase in childhood health problems and obesity. Earlier this month it was revealed that the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) initiative was the subject.....

Parents urged to get their children's eyes tested within first year of school

Sue Learner, Editor (25-Sep-15)

A sight loss charity is calling for parents to get their children’s eyes tested within their first year at school. One in four parents do not take their children for an eye test, according to a recent study.....

Government orders fancy dress safety probe after Claudia Winkleman’s daughter’s costume catches fire

Sue Learner, Editor (25-Sep-15)

With Halloween just around the corner, Business Secretary Sajid Javid has called for a nationwide investigation into the safety of children’s fancy dress costumes. The call for a fancy dress costume safety.....

Breastfeeding has 'no impact' on a child’s IQ

Sue Learner, Editor (24-Sep-15)

There is no link between breastfeeding and a person’s IQ, according to a new study which researchers claim is more reliable than previous research. Up to this point, it has been thought that breast milk can.....

Childcare costs still the main barrier to mums returning to work

Sue Learner, Editor (23-Sep-15)

The crippling costs of childcare are the still main barrier to mums returning to work, according to a new survey. The Workingmums.co.uk’s Annual Survey has revealed that 61 per cent of those not currently.....

At-a-glance guide to the right food portion size for toddlers

Nina Hathway, News Editor (22-Sep-15)

With growing evidence of the impact that the increasing portion sizes consumed by children are having on the health of the nation - almost one in ten children starting school is obese - the Infant and Toddler Forum (ITF) has revamped.....

Children without garden access are more likely to be obese

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (16-Sep-15)

Children who grow up without access to a garden are more likely to be obese by the age of seven, according to new research. The survey, carried out by the VU University Medical Centre in Holland, found that those aged three to.....

Less parents are reading to their children as they get older

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (15-Sep-15)

Less parents are reading aloud to their children as they get older and begin to read books independently, according to recent research conducted by Scholastic. The study titled, ‘The Kids & Family Reading Report,’ found that reading.....

BBC series tells the fascinating story of how we are made

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (15-Sep-15)

A fascinating new three-part documentary series, ‘Countdown to Life: The Extraordinary Making of You,’ began on Monday 14 September on BBC2. Programme presenter, Michael Mosley, takes viewers on a journey.....

Lucy Powell appointed as shadow education secretary

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (14-Sep-15)

Jeremy Corbyn, the new Labour leader has appointed Lucy Powell, the Labour and cooperative MP for Manchester Central, as Shadow Secretary of State for Education. Commenting on her new appointment, Ms Powell said: “I'm delighted.....

Smoking ban in cars to be introduced to protect children's health

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (14-Sep-15)

A ban on smoking in cars carrying children under the age of 18 will be introduced in England and Wales on 1 October 2015, the Department of Health has confirmed. Health charities have welcomed the move, as it has been revealed.....

Children with learning disabilities at greater risk of sexual exploitation

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

Children with learning disabilities are more vulnerable to sexual exploitation than other children and face extra barriers to protection and support, according to research from a coalition of leading organisations. The issue has.....

Research project launched to explore how babies and toddlers learn

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

The University of Sheffield has launched a new research project to explore how babies and toddlers learn on their own from birth to 47 months old. The study is led by Dr Elena Hoicka, who is hoping to find out how children explore.....

TV presenter campaigns for UK schools to teach young children British Sign Language

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (08-Sep-15)

To mark the start of the new school year in September, British television presenter Angellica Bell is encouraging young school children across the UK to learn British Sign Language. The former children’s presenter has made a free.....

Local anaesthetic could affect development of children's teeth

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (08-Sep-15)

The use of local anaesthetics has been linked with tooth cell growth in a study led by Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. Published in new medical journal, Cell Death Discovery, by the Nature Publishing.....

Nursery has successful fundraising drive for stillbirth charity

Nina Hathway, News Editor (08-Sep-15)

Colleagues, children and parents at a nursery in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, have collected hundreds of items for hampers and raised more than £1,000, all of which have been donated to a special bereavement suite for parents.....

Children's health is a postcode lottery, claims National Children's Bureau

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (07-Sep-15)

There is a huge gap in the levels of tooth decay, injury, obesity and early childhood development in children under five across the country according to the latest report by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB). The report reveals.....