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30-hour childcare pilot in crisis

The pilot of 30-hour childcare is in jeopardy after nursery owners and childminders in a key local authority area united against taking part in the trial.


Nursery closes days after assault investigation dropped by police

A Liverpool nursery investigated for assault charges has ceased trading, just five days after Merseyside Police announced that no further action would be taken.


DfE will use cancelled KS1 spelling test data

The Department for Education has asked schools to submit the results from the pilots of the Key Stage 1 spelling test - even though it has been scrapped. Meanwhile, parents are holding a day of protest...


Childminders kept in limbo by major delays in DBS checks

A former Home Office minister has slammed as ‘scandalous’ news that childminders are struggling to launch their businesses because of long delays with criminal records checks.


Families failed by SEN support

Parents of SEN children are still struggling after recent reforms, reports Charlotte Goddard


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STARTING POINTS: Part 5 - Jagati, 24 months

Meeting the emotional and learning needs of the unique child


A Unique Child: Grow Your Own - Getting warmer

Seedlings and crops need special attention now to ensure you reap the benefits later, says Mary Llewellin...


Working Mum - Boring!

What’s the point in practitioners and parents producing a child’s ‘creative’ project on their behalf, wonders...


A Unique Child: Nutrition - The chef at the heart

A knowledgeable nursery chef is a vital ingredient in the early years mix, says Snapdragons’ Mary Llewellin...


EYFS Best Practice - All about…interactions

Adult-child interaction needs to enhance learning and development while supporting the child to meet their...


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Grandparents - A grey area for managers?

Should nurseries devise guidelines for grandparents? Richard O’Neill, who has been doing the nursery...


Early Years Pupil Premium: Part 8 - Quality premium

EYPP interventions depend on quality interactions for maximum impact – and settings taking a holistic...


HR Update - Illegal workers

A new immigration law has increased the onus on employers to check employees’ immigration status – and...


Sustainability: Part 4 - Waste not

Sarah Emerson of Kids Love Nature, and Diane Boyd and Nicky Hirst of Liverpool John Moores University...

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  • Is adult furniture child's play?

    14 October 2015

    In parts of Finland, staff working in state-funded nursery settings have been told they must use adult-sized furniture. According to one manager, working in an EYFS nursery in Helsinki, the reason...

  • Sunshine and Skolverket in Stockholm

    05 November 2014

    The final part of the Nursery World early years trip to Finland and Sweden was spent in the lovely city of Stockholm.