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A tailored curriculum and a skilled and self-reflective workforce are key to good practice in early years settings, reveals a new report published today by NatCen Social Research. The report from the Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) brings together the experiences of early years practitioners, who identified these…
Encouraging children to develop language skills, read, and enjoy books at an early age is vital – and the earlier the better. That’s the message from Scotland’s nursery inspectors as they back a campaign to improve children’s early language skills . Research shows that young people who attend a high-quality…
In late 2016, new plans for the Welsh healthcare landscape were announced by Qualification Wales and The National Assembly for Wales' Children, Young People and Education Committee. These detailed the introduction of new qualifications and a consultation looking at the first 1000 days of a child's life. The first 1,000…
The Scottish Conservatives are calling for activity programmes in nurseries to help cut health inequality across Scotland and save the NHS money. Party leader Ruth Davidson and health spokesman Brian Whittle launched the new healthy lifestyle strategy on a visit to the Little Learners Nursery in Edinburgh. Mr Whittle accused…
A think-tank has renewed calls for an end to "birthday discrimination" in entitlement to free nursery education. Reform Scotland said the current system for government-funded pre-school provision was "unacceptable and unfair" as some children are entitled to less early-years education than others. The organisation highlighted that as the legal entitlement…
Thousands of new childcare places for young children are to be created under a £50 million scheme, ministers have announced. The move will help to deliver a Government pledge to offer three and four-year-olds in England 30 hours of free care a week, according to the Department for Education (DfE).…
New sites for the Scottish Government's pilot projects on different models of childcare have been announced as part of its bid to double free provision. All three and four-year-olds in Scotland, as well as vulnerable two-year-olds, are entitled to 600 hours of free childcare every year, up from 412.5 hours…
The Government is paying for its 30-hour childcare giveaway by "stealing" from state-run nurseries, an MP has said. Free care given to three and four-year-olds is set to double from the current 15 hours next year. But MPs have warned that nursery schools will not be able to afford the…
The number of Sure Start children's centres closing has increased every year since 2010 with 156 shutting in 2015 alone, official statistics show. Figures released by the Department for Education show that the number of closures in 2015 was almost double that recorded in 2014 when 85 ceased operation. Labour's…
A £1 billion Government scheme to boost childcare for three and four-year-olds will deliver only a "small" increase in parents working, a new study has found. Education Secretary Justine Greening (pictured) says that increasing these children's entitlement from 15 to 30 hours a week in England is designed to "break…
The Care Inspectorate has published early learning and childcare statistics for Scotland, showing how early learning and childcare is available for children and families across the country. The new figures show how, where and to whom early learning and childcare is provided. The publication looks at children attending childminders operating…
A nursery worker has appeared in court charged with rape and causing or inciting a boy to engage in sexual activity. Jamie Chapman, who faces a total of 15 charges, was remanded in custody for a month after appearing at Birmingham Magistrates' Court. The 28-year-old, of Tamar Drive, Smiths Wood,…
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