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Missing data on disabled children raises concern that services cannot cope

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of school children living with complex needs, but information on them is scarce.


New parenting workshops to support young children's development

A new training programme to help parents better understand the needs of three- to seven-year-olds launches next month.


Celebration of childhood to be held this summer

Bath will be hosting the first International Festival of Childhood, promising thought-provoking talks and presentations on the latest global research on child health and wellbeing.


Government lobbied to keep vouchers to save on childcare costs

Parents should continue to have the option of using childcare vouchers, say campaigners, who are calling on the Government to scrap plans to stop new users from being able to register for them.


Campaigners lodge complaint against Government on 30 hours 'price fixing'

A campaign group of childcare providers have lodged a complaint with the competition watchdog about the Government’s underfunding of the free hours.


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A Unique Child: Inclusion - Here’s the rub

Introducing children to other cultures should be fun, but there are serious issues that practitioners need...


Positive Relationships: Bereavement - Fiona's story

‘Once upon a time there was a princess called Fiona…’ How one setting in Luton dealt with the death of an...


EYFS Activities: We've explored...a hole

How one child’s interest in digging led to a whole setting getting involved. By Annette Rawstrone


EYFS Activities: Five things to do with...your fences

Every outdoor fixture should work hard for its keep – including fences. By Julie Mountain


EYFS Best Practice: Learning from Froebel… Occupations

Professor Tina Bruce examines the theory behind Froebel’s Occupations, and Jane Dyke reveals how it is being...


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30 Hours, Part 4: Northumberland - Help out there

In the country’s least densely populated county, Northumberland, the council is using the 30 hours trial...


Inspection: Part 6 – Allegations - Don’t rush in

Debbie Alcock looks at the correct initial procedures to follow when an allegation has been made against...


Children’s services update - Mental health

John Simmonds argues that mental health support should be extended to early years as a priority.


Safeguarding - A complex web

Safeguarding is not just a single agency issue, and the other professionals who get involved are facing...

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