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'Children are not prepared for the digital world', says children's commissioner

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (06-Jan-17)

Children are left to learn about the internet on their own with “parents vainly hoping” that they will benefit from its opportunities while avoiding its dangers, new research reveals. According to Anne Longfield,.....

Change4Life campaign urges parents to 'Be Food Smart' as children consume 'far too much sugar'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (03-Jan-17)

Public Health England’s (PHE) Change4Life campaign urges parents to ‘Be Food Smart’ and take more control of their children’s diets. It comes after research found that children are consuming more than 11g of sugar at breakfast time,.....

Government awards over £2m to projects tackling abuse affecting children

Sue Learner, Editor (28-Dec-16)

The Government has awarded a grant of over £2m to nine projects which support children of families affected by domestic abuse and drugs and alcohol. For some families, Christmas and New Year bring an added.....

Pregnancy has 'long-lasting' effect on women's brain structure

Sue Learner, Editor (20-Dec-16)

Pregnancy can alter the structure of women’s brains, improving the mother’s ability to protect and nurture her child, according to new research. The study carried out by researchers from the UAB (The Autonomous.....

Children with autism could receive earlier diagnosis and intervention as scientists discover potential cause

Charley Walker, News Editor (19-Dec-16)

Children with autism could receive earlier diagnosis and improved intervention in the future thanks to researchers at the University of Toronto who have found a potential cause for a third of cases of autism. Researchers.....

Christmas babies get biblical names like Noah, parents' poll reveals

Angeline Albert, News Editor (16-Dec-16)

When it comes to baby births at Christmas, nearly two thirds of parents like to give their offspring traditional, biblical names - with Noah, Jacob and Grace the most popular festive choices. Of the 2,412.....

Government launches sepsis awareness campaign to save young lives

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

A nationwide campaign, launched by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, will help parents spot the symptoms of sepsis to protect young children and save lives. The campaign is aimed at parents and carers of young.....

'Kangaroo' care increases intelligence and improves behaviour in children and young adults

Charley Walker, News Editor (12-Dec-16)

The practice of continuous skin-to-skin contact with newborns, known as kangaroo care, results in healthier, more intelligent, better behaved children, according to a new study. A 20-year follow up from a.....

Babies are missing out on vital health checks because of public health budget cuts

Charley Walker, News Editor (08-Dec-16)

Spending cuts are preventing 95 per cent of health visitors from adequately protecting and supporting mothers and babies, according to a new survey. The Institute of Health Visiting’s State of Health Visiting.....

Academics to explore whether iPads are beneficial for children's development

Sue Learner, Editor (08-Dec-16)

Academics from Sheffield University are embarking on a new research project exploring the influence technology has on children’s learning, social interactions and play, from birth up to the age of four. Dr.....

Almost three quarters of parents with a child with a learning disability 'feel unwelcome in public'

Charley Walker, News Editor (07-Dec-16)

Mencap is calling on the public to be more accepting and understanding of disability after a survey found that 70 per cent of parents said they have felt unwelcome when out in public with their child. While.....

Early years education 'much improved' says Ofsted chief

Angeline Albert, News Editor (01-Dec-16)

'The quality of early years provision continues to rise’ with 91 per cent of all active early years providers now good or outstanding, the chief of education watchdog Ofsted reports. In his fifth and final.....

Childcare minister meets Swindon's 30 hours nursery managers

Angeline Albert, News Editor (29-Nov-16)

Early years minister Caroline Dinenage has met with nursery managers piloting the Government’s 30 hours free childcare plans in Swindon and is 'thrilled' to see doctors and nurses take up the offer. In the.....

Should parents lie to children about Father Christmas?

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (25-Nov-16)

Telling ‘porky pies’ is a morally ambiguous exercise and while told knowingly for selfish purposes are for the most part unacceptable, there are some acceptable degrees of lying, if it means keeping 'Christmas alive' for as long as.....

Top ten tips to help young children be kind

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Nov-16)

Children under the age of six are working hard at being kind and tolerant but parents still feel there is much to learn, according to new research. Not always telling the truth, not interrupting when someone.....

Lack of extra funding from Chancellor is 'a missed opportunity', says early years sector

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Nov-16)

As Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Autumn Statement today, early years charities criticised the Government’s lack of action to help families who are ‘working around-the-clock’ to make ends meet. There.....

Busy Bees staff share best practice through International Teachers Exchange Programme

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Nov-16)

Busy Bees nurseries in Derby (Heatherton), Solihull (Blythe), St Albans (Hospital) and Mardley Hill recently welcomed childcare professionals from their sister nurseries in Singapore and Malaysia to share best practice methods in.....

Autumn Statement: Nurseries and 'Just About Managing' families desperate for extra help

Sue Learner, Editor (21-Nov-16)

There has been speculation that the Chancellor will announce extra childcare measures in the Autumn Statement to help JAM families who are ‘just about managing’. Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver his.....

Children in Need helped William, aged three, take his first steps

Angeline Albert, News Editor (18-Nov-16)

Three year-old William was born with a rare genetic condition, so it took him longer to walk and do all the other things a toddler would do, but money from Children in Need has helped give the little boy a better chance in life......

'Outdated cultural' concepts still rife: Half of men say Shared Parental Leave makes them seem 'less of a man'

Sue Learner, Editor (18-Nov-16)

Over half of men who have taken Shared Parental Leave worry it wasn’t in the best interests of their child and say those who do take it risk being seen as “less of a man”, according to a new survey. The.....