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Childcare providers fear closure over 30-hours offer, survey shows

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Half of childcare providers fear that they may be forced to close as a result of the 30-hours free childcare entitlement initiative, a new survey from the Alliance has discovered.
 
Approximately 1500 childcare...Read more

Early years training courses dropped by two UK universities

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Leeds Beckett University and the University of Winchester have dropped their early years teacher status (EYTS) courses five months prior to the start of the next academic year, Schools Week reports.
 
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New study halves recommended dairy intake for older children, no change for under fives

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The Eatwell Guide from Public Health England has nearly halved previous recommendations for the amount of milk and dairy products for children over five years old.
 
Existing recommendations for milk and dairy...Read more

Reception baseline assessments to be abandoned

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The DfE has today revealed that reception baseline assessments will not be used to measure pupils’ progress, after a study found that the three different assessments were not comparable.

DfE proposes to extend daily availability of free entitlement

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In its open consultation on the 30-hours free childcare initiative, the DfE has proposed extending the period that parents can access this free entitlement from 7am – 7pm to 6am – 8pm.
 
The DfE’s draft document –...Read more

New report calls for a qualified early years teacher in every setting

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A new report from Save The Children and University College London has highlighted the importance of stimulating toddlers’ brains, claiming that nearly 130,000 children per year are falling behind before they even reach school.

Latest Ofsted statistics show drop in childminder numbers

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The ‘Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 December 2015’ statistics – released today from Ofsted – show a 2% decline in the number of childminders in the UK since August 2015.
 
Since 2012 this number has...Read more

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.

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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

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