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Childcare minister's Lambeth Walk boosts REAL literacy campaign

Angeline Albert, News Editor (12-Jan-17)

“Every child, no matter what their background or circumstance, should experience the joy of reading widely and well”, childcare minister Caroline Dinenage said during a visit to Lambeth. Her comment was.....

Government pledges almost £60m to support special educational needs and disabilities reforms

Charley Walker, News Editor (11-Jan-17)

The Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families has confirmed funding of nearly £60m to support children and families with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The funding will be used to.....

Children's author Ian Whybrow backs nursery reading campaign

Sue Learner, Editor (11-Jan-17)

Ian Whybrow, author of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, is backing a campaign by nursery chain Busy Bees to encourage more parents to read to their children. To launch the campaign ‘Bringing Stories.....

Government announces £50m project to create thousands of free childcare places for 'hard-working' families

Charley Walker, News Editor (10-Jan-17)

The Education Secretary has announced the successful local authority bidders for a £50m grant scheme, which will fund thousands of new childcare places and save parents around £5,000 per year. Set to be rolled.....

Nurseries urged to take part in survey to show true picture of childcare sector

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Jan-17)

Nurseries are being asked to take part in National Day Nurseries Association’s annual survey, which will be used as a body of evidence to submit to the Government as part of its campaign to get a fair deal for funding of free childcare.....

Welsh Children's Commissioner reiterates calls for ban on smacking

Charley Walker, News Editor (09-Jan-17)

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales has said that smacking has no place in ‘modern civilised society’, following plans to devolve powers over parental discipline to the Welsh Government. An amendment to.....

Ofsted finds 'teaching is exceptional' in Southampton nursery

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Jan-17)

Ofsted has rated Asquith’s Southampton Day Nursery ‘Outstanding’ in its latest inspection and praised the nursery for having ‘inspirational staff’. Inspectors found ‘children are effectively challenged in.....

'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.....