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Arguing parents damage children’s long term life chances

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Children that are exposed to parental conflict will have poorer life chances and are more likely to suffer from mental health issues, new research has revealed.
 
Carried out by the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF...Read more

Dads urged to play a bigger role in story time

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The National Literacy Trust is urging more dads to get involved in reading to their children, after a new study revealed that mothers feel they have more influence in early literacy development than fathers.

Early literacy practices at...Read more

DfE does not hold data cited in latest report

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The Department for Education does not hold all of the data it cites in its latest childcare costs report, the...Read more

Nurseries struggling with lack of outdoor space, new study shows

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A survey of nearly 400 early years providers has shown that many settings are struggling with either inadequate or a total lack of outdoor space.

The Early Childhood Forum and national charity Learning through Landscapes – the...Read more

New national minimum wage rates announced

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The national minimum wage for 21- to 24-year-olds is to increase to £6.95 an hour, the government has announced. 

The increase, which is based on recommendations by the Low Pay Commission and set to come into effect from October, is...Read more

Local areas to get more notice of SEND inspections

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As of May, local areas will have a longer notice period of SEND inspections in a bid to provide parents and others with a greater opportunity to contribute their views and experiences, Ofsted has announced.

The inspections of facilities...Read more

Middle class parents are ‘more informed’ about childcare services

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A report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has revealed that middle class parents are more informed about the early years childcare services available to them than working class parents.

“The experiences of early...Read more

Fairer funding needed for schools, says Nicky Morgan

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Education secretary Nicky Morgan has this week outlined plans for reforms designed to end unfairness in the school funding system.

Morgan claims that the existing system for distributing funding is outdated, inefficient and unfair, and a...Read more

DfE not yet hit full value for money with 15 hours free childcare

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Despite making significant progress with the 15 hours free childcare scheme for parents of three and four year olds, the Department for Education (DfE) has not yet achieved full value for money, the National Audit Office has said.

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More eligible two-year-olds are taking up free entitlement places

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New government figures, published today, have suggested an increase in the number of eligible two-year-olds taking up free entitlement places.

The Department for Education publishes annual estimates of the number of children benefiting...Read more

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