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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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

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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...

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Working Mum - Boring!

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

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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...

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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...

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Early Years Pupil Premium: Part 8 - Quality premium

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

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HR Update - Illegal workers

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

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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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Latest From The Blog

  • 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.