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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

Ofsted to directly manage early years inspections

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Ofsted will directly manage its early years inspections and regulatory work as of April 2017, the inspectorate has announced today. Two companies, Tribal and Prospects, manage the existing early years inspections on Ofsted’s behalf, with...Read more

NSPCC and government launch child abuse whistleblowing helpline

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The NSPCC has joined forces with the home office to launch a whistleblowing helpline for employees to speak out about child protection failures.

The government has provided £500,000 to set up the service, which will be open Monday to...Read more

Disabled children have notably lower access to play, Sense reports

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Nine out of ten parents of disabled children say that their child does not have the same access to play as non-disabled children, according to national deafblind charity, Sense.

The survey revealed the severe restrictions disabled children...Read more

Early language skills define future learning

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Five-year-olds with substandard language skills are significantly more likely to struggle with national tests later on, the BBC reports, citing recent research from Save the Children.

Academics at the Institute of Education studied the...Read more

Teaching unions call for baseline assessment to be scrapped in new report

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Two leading teaching unions have called on the government to abandon the reception baseline assessment, after a survey of more than 1000 teaching professionals revealed mass oppositions to the plans.

A survey of reception teachers and EYFS...Read more

PM pushes for alternative to prison babies

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Prime minister David Cameron is pushing for change for babies born to mothers in jail.

New research has revealed that 100 babies spent time behind bars last year, and Cameron plans to rethink how pregnant women’s offences are treated, as...Read more

Minimal wage increase makes good nurseries outstanding

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Research from the Family and Childcare Trust has found that a pay increase of just £1 an hour can make the difference between a childcare setting with a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating and that with an ‘Outstanding’.

The study ‘In for a pound’...Read more

Eight councils chosen to trial 30 hours childcare scheme early

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Eight councils in England will receive £13m to launch the 30 hours free childcare scheme a year ahead of schedule, the Department for Education has announced.

The government has confirmed that Wigan, Staffordshire, Swindon, Portsmouth,...Read more

Thousands of single parents excluded from 30 hours childcare, claims charity

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Up to 20,000 single parents could miss out on the extended free entitlement offer due to a change in eligibility criteria, according to the charity for single parent families, Gingerbread.

In November, the government announced that parents...Read more

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