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Toddlers can be set back "decades" if their brains are not adequately stimulated before they start school, experts claim. The team of neuroscientists and charity workers called for more to be done to make the most of the "lightbulb" early years. Toddlers' brains form new connections at double the rate…
Thousands of single parents in London are being "locked out" of work because of the high cost of childcare, a new study has revealed. Charity Gingerbread said its research also showed that half of single parents in the capital are forced to borrow money to pay to have their children…
Every nursery in the country should have a qualified teacher to help children develop key skills like speech and language, a leading charity has said. Thousands of youngsters are struggling to keep up with their peers as parents are unaware of the importance of pre-school development, Save The Children warned.…
Daycare services which encourage outdoor play are delivering better outcomes for children, the Care Inspectorate has said.The findings were revealed as Scotland’s Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell, helped launch a new Care Inspectorate resource which aims to support all daycare services across the country deliver more outdoor…
Councils have "generally succeeded" in providing increased levels of free childcare, but rates of take-up vary considerably among local authorities, a report has found. The Care Inspectorate said the variations may reflect the amount of flexibility and choice being offered to parents, with a "mismatch" between what is being offered…
The Government's social mobility tsar has warned that childcare funding is a "mess" after a poll found around a fifth of parents have no idea what support is on offer. Former cabinet minister Alan Milburn (pictured) said the £6 billion a year pledged in public funding by 2020 should be…
A nursery in Bathgate has been praised by the Care Inspectorate for delivering excellent care to children. The Bathgate Early Years Service, which provides care for up to 76 children, was rated ‘excellent’ by inspectors for the third inspection in a row. In their latest inspection report, inspectors noted: “A…
Fewer than half of nurseries are likely to extend free childcare places for pre-schoolers to 30 hours a week, amid major concerns about funding, research suggests. Under Government plans, free childcare and early-years education for three and four-year-olds in England is to be doubled from 15 to 30 hours for…
Working parents in eight pilot areas of England will be the first to take advantage of 30 hours of free childcare from September. Eligible parents in Wigan, Staffordshire, Swindon, Portsmouth, Northumberland, York, Newham and Hertfordshire will benefit from the decision to double the number of free hours of childcare available…
The SNP's plans to extend free childcare to 30 hours a week by 2020 can only be delivered by a "radical" new national body, according to a think thank. The First Minister has set out plans to double the current free childcare provision for three and four-year-olds and vulnerable two-year-olds…
A toolkit for early years practitioners has been created by researchers at the University of Sheffield after a study examined whether they should ‘love’ the children in their care. Dr Jools Page, from the University’s School of Education, explored how a rise in media coverage surrounding sex abuse scandals has…
A new group has been announced to help develop the Scottish Government’s plans to significantly expand early learning and childcare. The announcement was made by the Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell as she spoke at the Children in Scotland conference and responded to the Commission for Childcare Reform’s report on early…
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