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Boys are falling behind girls in early years, survey reveals

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Nearly one million boys are underachieving by the time they reach the age of five, according to a study from Save the Children.
 
The study, Gender Gaps at Five: Boys falling behind in the Early Years, claims...Read more

“Odds are stacked against you if you employ a man,” says Andrea Leadsom

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Environment and rural affairs secretary Andrea Leadsom has come under fire from leaders across the country after her comments on men in childcare.
 
During an interview with a reporter from The Times...Read more

Report calls on government to address persistent problems with childcare provision

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Following its 2016 Childcare Survey, The Family and Childcare Trust has called on the government to address what it calls “persistent problems with childcare provision in the UK”.
 
Key findings of the report...Read more

Justine Greening revealed as education secretary

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MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, Justine Greening has been appointed education secretary by new Prime Minister Theresa May.
 
Former secretary of state for international development, Justine is allegedly the...Read more

Ofsted calls for unspent millions to benefit disadvantaged two-year-olds

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Ofsted has today called for more to be done to help disadvantaged two-year-olds access funded early education, following reports that last year approximately 80,000 eligible children did not take up their free place at an early years setting....Read more

Angela Rayner takes on shadow education secretary role

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Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, Angela Rayner has stepped up as shadow education secretary, following the resignations of both Pat Glass and Lucy Powell in the last few weeks.
 
Aged 36, Angela is also...Read more

DfE pushes ahead with new paediatric first aid rules

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All newly qualified level 2 and 3 early years practitioners will need to hold a Paediatric First Aid certificate in order to be included in ratios, the government has confirmed.
 
The decision came after a...Read more

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.
 

Speaking at a...Read more

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.
 
An Ofsted spokesperson said...Read more

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