News - Debates

Is controlled crying harmful for babies?

30-Jun-16

Sarah Ockwell-Smith, Author of The Gentle Sleep Book
YES “Leaving a baby to cry evokes physiological responses that increase stress hormones. Crying infants experience an increase in heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure. These reactions are likely to result in overheating and, along with vomiting due to extreme distress,...

Mandy Gurney, Founder of the Millpond Sleep Clinic
NO Controlled crying is a sleep training method that teaches children to sleep independently. “Controlled crying does not mean you abandon your baby to their tears but instead you return to briefly check them at set intervals to reassure your baby and yourself. The length...

Poll: Is controlled crying harmful to babies?

Yes

No

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Should the Government reinstate Functional Skills as an alternative to GCSE English and maths for Level 3 nursery practitioners?

16-Jun-16

Julie Hyde, executive director, CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education)
In 2014 the Government changed the requirements so that all Level 3 Early Years Educators (EYEs) must have at least a C grade in GCSE English and in GCSE maths to count in the ratios. Before this, Functional Skills had been accepted as an equivalent or alternative to GCSEs. We...

Nikki Palmer, assistant head of Early Years education at City of Wolverhampton College
When this first came out I strongly agreed that functional skills qualifications were a better alternative for the work that early years professionals actually do, I’m now not so sure. What worries me more than anything is the increase in practitioners opting for apprenticeships....

Poll: Should the Government reinstate Functional Skills as an alternative to GCSE English and maths for Level 3 nursery practitioners?

YES

NO

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