February 2017 Newsletter
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Sue Learner, Nicola Woolford, Ellie Spanswick, Melissa McAlees, Angeline Albert, Charley Walker
Nurseries urged to provide a 'safe space' for boys to wear pink and girls to be builders
Nurseries urged to provide a 'safe space' for boys to wear pink and girls to be builders
From birth, we have different expectations placed upon us depending on whether we are male or female. Boys and girls tend to be brought up differently from birth, with blue clothes and action toys bought for boys and pink clothes and dolls bought for girls. This often... Read more
Early years experts up in arms over proposed controversial tests for five-year-olds
Children in Britain may be ‘guinea pigs’ for controversial new testing for five-year-olds, which has been rejected by other European countries. The possible new tests were disclosed in an ‘expression of interest’ by the Department for Education, seen by The Telegraph.... Read more
Mum drives 44 miles so her son can attend UK's first zoo nursery
A mum has revealed she drives 44 miles a day so her son Jake can attend the Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo, where the day includes visiting the tigers, learning about snow leopards and exploring the South Downs. The nursery attracted a high level of interest when it... Read more
Nursery review ratings now showing in Google search results
Parents looking for a nursery in Google search results, can now see at a glance, a nursery’s rating and how many reviews it has. Leaving your child in someone else’s care can be extremely hard for parents who can find their first days back at work are consumed by... Read more
Nursery trends 2017: Rise in investors from China predicted
The UK is set to see a rise in the number of investors from China buying nurseries this year, according to a leading property broker. Brexit which led to a drop in the pound, as well as the perceived high standards of education in Britain, have contributed to making... Read more
Love in a time of childcare: Kids and their crushes
Love in a time of childcare: Kids and their crushes
Three-year-old Frederick thinks love is when “Mummy gives me a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” and three-year-old Hettie says it is when "Mummy packs my lunchbox". With Valentine's Day looming, has been finding out what love really means to children in the... Read more
Dramatic fall in Scotland's nursery inspections revealed
The number of nursery inspections happening in Scotland has fallen dramatically over the last five years and some fear if the trend continues it would take 18 years for all nurseries to be inspected. In the Scottish Parliament, the SNP Government’s education secretary... Read more
'Capacity crisis': 30-hour free childcare scheme faces shortage of places
Tens of thousands of parents could miss out on the 30-hour funded childcare entitlement as the Government underestimates the take-up of the offer by more than 100,000 places, according to new research. Early years organisation Pre-school Learning Alliance has warned... Read more
Nurseries provide 'meat-free' recipe bags to help families enjoy #MeatFreeMonday
Children at Just Childcare nurseries have been taking home recipe bags to enjoy meat-free meals with their families as part of the Meat Free Monday initiative. The recipe bags are being rolled out across all 34 nurseries in the group and provide parents and families with... Read more
More councils join early drive to deliver 30-hour free childcare offer
Four new local authority areas will be trialling the Government’s 30-hour free childcare offer, ahead of the national roll-out in September. Dorset, Leicestershire, North Yorkshire and Tower Hamlets will join the eight original ‘Early Implementer’ councils and will be... Read more
Grandparents who help with childcare are living longer
Those who help out with childcare or provide support to others in their community tend to live longer than older people who do not care for other people, new research has revealed. A study called 'Caregiving within and beyond the family', published in the journal... Read more
Early years minister set to open Childcare Expo in London
Early years minister set to open Childcare Expo in London
Early years minister Caroline Dinenage will be heading to London Olympia on 3 and 4 March to welcome visitors to Childcare Expo. With changes to early years funding, an increase in the National Living Wage, and new staff GSCE requirements, Childcare Expo is delighted... Read more
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"When I ask myself the question, 'What is it like being a Makaton teacher?' I immediately think it is a profession that allows you to be creative, and work with a variety of different individuals. Each day brings with it a new beginning, new challenges and most importantly,... Read more
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Upcoming Featured Exhibitions, Conferences & Award Presentations
Childcare Expo London 2017
Date: 03 Mar 2017 - 04 Mar 2017
Location: London Olympia
Pre-School Learning Alliance National Conference 2017
Date: 16 Jun 2017
Location: GB, London, SE1 0UG
International Festival of Childhood
Date: 29 Jun 2017 - 02 Jul 2017
Location: Bath
NDNA Conference
Date: 30 Jun 2017
Location: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
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10 Most Read News Articles of the Month
1 Parents ditch lullabies for Ed Sheeran and Adele songs to get their children to sleep
2 Change4Life campaign urges parents to 'Be Food Smart' as children consume 'far too much sugar'
3 Three-year-old greets shocked dad after walking home alone from nursery
4 France's biggest private nursery chain buys 16 British nurseries
5 'Children are not prepared for the digital world', says children's commissioner
6 Children's author Ian Whybrow backs nursery reading campaign
7 Nurseries urged to take part in survey to show true picture of childcare sector
8 Childcare minister's Lambeth Walk boosts REAL literacy campaign
9 Government announces £50m project to create thousands of free childcare places for 'hard-working' families
10 TV actor Kathy Burke stars in new CBeebies series
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