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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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York CC secures increased rate for 30-hours pilot

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Lengthy negotiations between the DfE and York City Council have resulted in an increased flat rate of £4 per hour for providers taking part in the 30-hours free childcare scheme being piloted in September this year.

Higher income families will be main beneficiaries of 30-hours scheme, report claims

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The 30-hours free childcare scheme is likely to be more beneficial for higher income families than those living on the minimum wage, a new report has claimed.
 
According to the report from Centreforum – “Widening the...Read more

Report shows free childcare has little lasting impact

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A recent study has suggested that free part-time pre-school care for three year olds has had little lasting impact.
 
The study – “Universal Pre-school Education: The Case for Public Funding with Private Provision”,...Read more

New partnership sets the standard for children’s nutrition

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Young children’s nutrition will get a welcome boost from today with the launch of the Early Years Nutrition (EYN) Partnership.

The EYN Partnership sets a new standard for nutrition practice in early years settings, providing ‘hands-on’...Read more

DfE to spend £3 million on support for 30-hours offer

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The DfE is to launch a tender for a two-year contract to support the 30-hours free childcare initiative, on which it plans to spend approximately £3 million.
 
It will look for a national organisation or consortium to...Read more

Further local authorities reveal funding for 30-hours pilot

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Local authorities in Northumberland, Hertfordshire and the London Borough of Newham have now revealed funding details for their 30-hours childcare pilot, following...Read more

Thousands of under-fives not ‘school ready’, study claims

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Nearly a third of children are not ‘school ready’ when they start reception, with many not toilet-trained, a national survey has claimed.
 
The State of Education survey – carried out by schools support service The...Read more

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