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Robert Goodwill announced as the new childcare minister

Melissa McAlees (27-Jun-17)

Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, has been appointed as the new minister at the Department for Education (DfE) and will take on responsibility for early years and childcare. The announcement.....

Early years teacher who was mute as a child 'finds voice' writing stories for young children

Michaela Mildenhall (23-Jun-17)

Early years teacher, Diane King, has revealed how she set up a picture book publishing company to help give children the voice she never had. Up until the age of seven, Ms King had severe communication problems.....

What does it take to be a nursery manager?

Michaela Mildenhall (21-Jun-17)

Melanie Lockyer is the nursery manager at Tops Day Nursery Gillingham and admits she "loves seeing children complete a task that they’ve been struggling with" or see "staff complete a new qualification which makes a difference to.....

Grenfell Tower Fire: Nursery lost everything but its children are safe

Angeline Albert (19-Jun-17)

“They are suffering now” - these are the words of one woman describing the staff of a nursery, based on the ground floor of the burnt out high rise that is on everyone’s lips...Grenfell Tower. Up to 600 people.....

Nurseries to get guidance on supporting children who think they are 'too fat'

Sue Learner (12-Jun-17)

With nearly a quarter of childcare practitioners witnessing anxiety by children aged between three and five over their weight and body image, a guide has been developed to help them support children’s self-esteem. The.....

General Election: 'Our children and the Cinderella early years workforce deserve better,' say nursery leaders

Melissa McAlees (02-Jun-17)

Chronic underfunding and the emphasis on 'school readiness' and assessment are just some of the issues the nursery sector would like to see addressed by the new Government. Yet so far, it seems the sector’s.....

A day in the life of a nursery apprentice

Melissa McAlees (01-Jun-17)

Nursery apprentice Amber Mabey, who has always wanted to work with children, is the latest employee to join the Tops Day Nursery - Lymington All Saints team. The 19-year-old is currently working towards a Level 2 qualification in.....