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Fish oil and probiotic supplements during pregnancy 'may reduce' allergies

Michaela Chirgwin (01-Mar-18)

Taking daily fish oil supplements from 20 weeks pregnant and for the first three to four months of breastfeeding could potentially reduce a baby’s chance of egg allergies, according to a new study. Eczema may also be reduced with.....

Cost of a child's nursery place rises to double the rate of inflation

Angeline Albert (28-Feb-18)

The cost of a part-time nursery place for a child under two-years-old is double the rate of inflation, hitting parents’ wallets hard, according to the Family and Childcare Trust (FACT). A part-time nursery.....

New four-year-old testing is 'uninformed and educationally damaging'

Michaela Chirgwin (28-Feb-18)

A campaign coalition has called on the Government to ditch the proposed £10m baseline test for four-year-olds, claiming it is ‘uninformed and educationally damaging’. At a meeting yesterday, the coalition,.....

UK sees steep decline in parents reading to pre-school children

Sue Learner (22-Feb-18)

The number of pre-schoolers being read to by their parents has dropped by a fifth over the last five years, according to new research. The survey into the reading habits of children in Britain found the amount.....

Scotland's council-run nurseries not open 'long enough' for working parents

Melissa McAlees (22-Feb-18)

Only one in 10 council nurseries provide sufficient hours of childcare to allow parents to work full-time, new research has revealed. A freedom of information request from Fair Funding for our Kids found.....

Parents told not to reward children for eating greens

Melissa McAlees (21-Feb-18)

Getting children to eat their greens is one of many challenges parents face, but experts say bribery could be a ‘waste of time’. The best way to get children to eat healthily is to simply give them repeated.....

Nursery group funds 'Bright Space' for child domestic violence survivors to play and heal

Sue Learner (21-Feb-18)

A charity set up by the nursery group Bright Horizons has created a new play area at Salisbury Women’s Refuge, for children who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence. Around a hundred women in England.....

Employee-owned nursery chain wins European award for commitment to staff

Sue Learner (19-Feb-18)

Childbase Partnerships, a nursery chain in the south of England, has won an award at the European Business Awards for the way it looks after its employees. The provider which runs 41 nurseries, was given.....

Single dads more at risk of dying early than single mums

Sue Learner (16-Feb-18)

Single dads are more at risk of dying early than single mums or parents that are together, according to a new study. The research, which tracked over 40,000 parents in Canada over 11 years, was unable to.....

Children bullied by siblings three times more likely to develop psychotic disorder

Sue Learner (12-Feb-18)

Children who are bullied by their siblings are up to three times more likely to develop psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia when they become adults, according to new research. The study by Warwick University.....

Three-year-old boy escapes nursery and walks home by himself

Angeline Albert (06-Feb-18)

Mum Sarra Reid was shocked to discover her three-year-old child had walked half a mile home from nursery along a busy road, after slipping past staff without them noticing. Shortly after dropping her son.....

Carers as young as five are 'suffering' from broken sleep

Melissa McAlees (25-Jan-18)

Young carers, between the ages of five and ten, often miss out on a good night’s sleep in order to look after unwell family members, a new survey has revealed. Nearly half of the UK’s child carers are getting.....

Scotland and Wales doing 'far better' than England on child health

Melissa McAlees (23-Jan-18)

The health of children in England is being harmed by deepening public sector cuts and 'disjointed' Government policies, new research has found. A year on from its State of Child Health report, The Royal College.....

UK nursery prices rise by over 10 per cent as Chinese investors move in

Angeline Albert (19-Jan-18)

Rising demand from overseas investors particularly from China who are keen to buy UK nurseries, has pushed the average price of childcare businesses up by 10.8 per cent in 2017. Despite greater costs.....

PACEY president joins panel developing childcare T-levels

Angeline Albert (17-Jan-18)

Penny Tassoni, president of PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) has been appointed to a new panel responsible for developing childcare T-level courses. Reporting to the Department.....

Robert Winston calls on Ofsted to value child-led play

Angeline Albert (16-Jan-18)

Child development expert Robert Winston says child-initiated playtime is undervalued and wants Ofsted to reject the ‘flawed’ findings of its own report, which recommends four-year-olds be pushed harder to improve their writing, reading.....

Nursery manager finds first white Creme Egg and scoops £1,000

Sue Learner (11-Jan-18)

Natasha Bream, a manager of a nursery in Luton, is the first to find a limited edition white chocolate Creme Egg. Each white Creme Egg has a golden ticket with free cash. The 30-year-old bought three eggs.....

Singing in groups can help alleviate postnatal depression

Sue Learner (10-Jan-18)

Women who take part in group singing recover from moderate to severe postnatal depression quicker, according to a new study. The research by the Centre for Performance Science randomly placed 134 mothers.....

Childcare minister sacked in Cabinet reshuffle

Sue Learner (09-Jan-18)

Childcare minister Robert Goodwill, who has been sacked from his job in the Cabinet reshuffle, has claimed Theresa May was “making way for younger people”. The children and families minister has lost his.....

Education Secretary launches 'English Hubs' for four-year-olds

Sue Learner (08-Jan-18)

A national network of 35 ‘English Hubs’ are to work with disadvantaged four and five-year-olds in a bid to improve their reading and writing. The initiative will be run by a new Centre of Excellence for Literacy.....