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Scotland aims to boost role of outdoor learning for nursery-age children

Scotland aims to boost role of outdoor learning for nursery-age children

Minister for childcare and early years, Maree Todd has pledged to to raise the number of hours nursery children spend outdoors. The aim is to to make playing outside in nature part of the way children…

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Only a quarter of parents would encourage their child to pursue technical education

Only a quarter of parents would encourage their child to pursue technical education

Awarding body CACHE commissioned a survey of 1,000 11 to- 16-year-olds and 1,000 parents with children to determine their knowledge of views of the Government’s planned reforms for post-16 education, specifically…

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Assessment of early learning goals doesn’t provide an ‘honest picture’, says physical development expert

Assessment of early learning goals doesn't provide an 'honest picture', says physical development expert

Following on from plans announced by the Department for Education (DfE) last September to revise the Early Learning Goals and reduce the number that are assessed in the EYFS Profile, Dr Manners, director…

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Early years recruitment crisis putting Government’s 30 hours policy at risk

Early years recruitment crisis putting Government's 30 hours policy at risk

According to the NDNA 2017/18 Workforce Survey of more than 500 nurseries, qualified staff are leaving because of endemic low pay, which is hitting recruitment and retention. The NDNA warns today that…

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Is Buying Breast Milk an Option?

Before your little one arrived, many mothers may have taken it for granted that they’ll be breastfeeding from birth. With any luck, once you started nursing you had little or no trouble producing enough milk for your baby, and then some — leaving you wondering if there’s something you could do with all your extra milk. On the other hand, […]

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The cost of a nursery place rises above inflation

The cost of a nursery place rises above inflation

The Trust’s 17th annual Childcare Survey, published today, shows that the average price of a part-time nursery place for a child under two is now £122 per week, which is over £6,300 a year. This is…

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Big picture: Scandi mania

Big picture: Scandi mania

Ms Rosalie, who runs Paddock Cottage near Angmering in West Sussex, said, ‘This is my eldest son at six weeks old. It was a nice day, I had a pile of wood to chop; where better to keep an eye on him? …

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DfE early years boss defends Workforce Strategy pledges

DfE early years boss defends Workforce Strategy pledges

The Department for Education (DfE) says it is ‘making good progress’ on the commitments outlined in its Early Years Workforce Strategy, with work currently under way on the SEND qualification. Speaking…

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Halfon: Select Committee chair talks skills and 30 hours

Halfon: Select Committee chair talks skills and 30 hours

Before we got started, the MP for Harlow in Essex proudly showed off the memorabilia and photos of his idols – Margaret Thatcher and John F Kennedy – hanging from the walls in his parliamentary office,…

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Just half of three- and four-year-olds are read to every day

Just half of three- and four-year-olds are read to every day

The annual Understanding of the Children’s Book Consumer survey by Nielsen Book Research, funded by publisher Egmont, shows that just 51 per cent of three- and four-year-olds were read to daily last year,…

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