August 2017 Newsletter
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Early years maths: Are we letting our boys down?
Early years maths: Are we letting our boys down?
Despite the recent shortening gap between girls’ and boys’ grades in most early years subjects, maths is considered the one area where the boys are still continually lagging. So, do we need to rethink the way we approach maths for boys at pre-school age?’ Jo Baranek,... Read more
London nursery group 'sick of qualifications snobbery' opts to call all staff nursery teachers
The head of the UK’s largest social enterprise nursery group has said she is “tired of being held back by a system that divides us by the snobbery of qualifications” and has decided to give all her staff the title of nursery teacher. June O’Sullivan, chief executive... Read more
Ex-Coronation Street actress is the new shadow childcare minister
Tracy Brabin, who was elected MP for Batley and Spen at a by-election last October following the murder of her close friend Jo Cox, has been named as the new shadow childcare minister. She replaces Tulip Siddiq, who stepped down from the post back in January over the... Read more
'Devastated' nurseries shut down after 'lousy' funding causes heavy losses
Nurseries across England are closing because the Government’s 30 hour ‘free' childcare policy and mounting business pressures are forcing them out of business. Three and four-year-olds of working parents in England are eligible for 30 hours’ funded childcare from... Read more
Nursery manager lends a hand when donkey decides to give birth at nursery
Nursery manager lends a hand when donkey decides to give birth at nursery
A nursery manager sprang into action, when a donkey called Rosie trotted up to her nursery’s car park to give birth. Children and staff at the Coach House Day Nursery in South Gorley in the New Forest, watched in shock as a heavily pregnant donkey approached from a... Read more
Brexit, the National Living Wage and 30 hours: How healthy is today's nursery market?
This year has seen many challenges thrown at the nursery market with the National Living Wage put up to £7.50 per hour in April, 30 hours ‘free’ childcare being introduced in September and the recent Brexit negotiations already underway. So is now really a good time... Read more
Stigma of 'disadvantaged' label deters parents from applying for early years pupil premium
The fear of their child being labelled as ‘disadvantaged’ is deterring parents from applying for the early years pupil premium, according to nurseries. The early years pupil premium (EYPP) was introduced back in April 2015 for three and four-year-olds of parents on... Read more
England joins international PISA study using tablet-based tests on five-year-olds
The Department for Education has revealed that 20 schools and childcare settings in England are to take part in a pilot testing scheme on five-year-olds as part of an international study. Researchers say the study will give countries an in-depth insight into... Read more
'No specific reason' 30-hour childcare scheme 'will not be a success', report finds
An evaluation of the 30-hour pilot has concluded that there is 'no specific reason' to believe that the policy will 'not be a success', even though almost half of nurseries reported limiting places in order to be able to offer extended hours. The Early Implementer... Read more
Nursery's heartwarming generosity feeds London's homeless
Nursery's heartwarming generosity feeds London's homeless
An East London nursery has been teaching children the value of sharing and helping others by preparing hot meals for the homeless. Scallywags Nursery in Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, sets time aside every Monday to donate a variety of meals to a night shelter belonging... Read more
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Toddler Yoga: 'Every nursery should have one staff member trained'
“Children are natural yogis they are so flexible and can do the downward dog very easily” says toddler yoga instructor Beth Hopkins who believes nurseries have nothing to lose by getting a staff member trained up in the art. “Last night, my son and I went on... Read more
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Manager 34 4.09%
Deputy Manager / Assistant Manager 40 4.81%
Area / Regional Manager 4 0.48%
Room Leader / Team Leader 129 15.50%
Nursery Teacher / Early Years Teacher 23 2.76%
Nursery Teaching Assistant 3 0.36%
Nursery Nurse / Early Years Practitioner 468 56.25%
Nursery Assistant / Early Years Assistant 61 7.33%
Playworker 2 0.24%
Bank Nursery Nurse 13 1.56%
Lunch Time Assistant 6 0.72%
Cook / Chef 21 2.52%
Kitchen Assistant / Catering Assistant 9 1.08%
Housekeeper / Cleaner 4 0.48%
Administrator 5 0.60%
Director / Divisional Director 2 0.24%
Finance / Accountant / Bookkeeper 1 0.12%
Other 7 0.84%
Upcoming Featured Exhibitions, Conferences & Award Presentations
Childcare Expo Midlands 2017
Date: 29 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Location: Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Early Years Scotland Conference 2017
Date: 30 Sep 2017
Location: Glasgow Hilton Hotel
EYFS Conference 2017
Date: 01 Dec 2017
Location: London
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10 Most Read News Articles of the Month
1 Early years education boosts everyone, not just the disadvantaged, reveals DfE
2 Ex-Coronation Street actress is the new shadow childcare minister
3 Children's Food Trust announces closure after helping 11 million children access better food
4 Parents complain as over half of primary schools have non-competitive sports days
5 More nurseries confident they can save children's lives with Millie's Mark
6 Nursery group buys three nurseries from owner exiting market to open restaurant
7 Girls aged between five and nine most targeted for FGM
8 Toddler hotel sees Iggle Piggle and other CBeebies characters come to life
9 Illegal nursery's owner given over £43,000 in council funds is fined only £200
10 Soaring childcare costs and shortage of places leave parents 'struggling' this summer
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