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Childcare minister announces review of GCSE requirement rule

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The government is set to review controversial early years qualification rules following widespread concerns its impact on recruitment in the early years, childcare minister Sam Gyimah has announced.
 

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Pat Glass steps down as shadow education secretary

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Labour MP Pat Glass has stepped down as shadow education secretary, after only two days in the role.
 
Pat was appointed by Jeremy Corbyn during a surge of resignations by Labour MPs who have lost faith in their...Read more

Ofsted reports increase in ‘Outstanding’ EY providers

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In its quarterly early years statistics, Ofsted has reported an increase in the number of early years providers rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’; an all-time high for the sector.
 
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State of early years sector unclear following Brexit result, says Alliance CEO

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Last week the UK voted to leave the European Union, but the impact of this decision on the early years sector is as yet unclear, said Neil Leitch, Pre-school Learning Alliance chief executive.
 
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Study suggests link between air pollution and childhood mental health

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Umeå University in Sweden has released a report which associates neighbourhood air pollution with childhood mental health.
 
Researchers at the university compared data on dispensed medicines for a broad range of...Read more

Queen’s birthday list – huge congratulations to two Alliance members!

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We are delighted to share news that two Alliance members were formally recognised by the Queen in this year’s birthday honours list for their services to children.
 
Penelope Webb, early years volunteer and registered...Read more

Public Accounts Committee report highlights 30-hour concerns

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There may be insufficient providers willing to roll out the 30-hour free entitlement scheme next year to meet demand from working families, the Public Accounts Committee has warned in a new report.
 
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Infants more likely to follow pointed finger than arrows, study shows

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Young children’s eye movements respond faster to pointed fingers than arrows or signs, researchers from the University of Lincoln have said.
 
During the university’s ‘Summer Scientist’ week, researchers used eye-...Read more

Government to scrap serious case reviews

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Serious case reviews (SCRs) are to be scrapped in favour of a new system where cases will be reviewed either by a national panel or the local safeguarding children board (LSCB).
 
In a review, the DfE said it will...Read more

Refugee children are vulnerable to poor mental health, study claims

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Research from the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has claimed that refugee and migrant children are particularly vulnerable to poor mental health, as a result of experiences both before and during migration.
 
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