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North-west nursery group adds 4th setting

The Elmscot Group has acquired its fourth nursery in Greater Manchester.


Nick Hudson steps down as Ofsted drops early years division

Nick Hudson, Ofsted’s director for Early Education, is leaving the role, which has been absorbed into the education remit.


Firefighters battle childhood obesity and cot death

Firefighters across England are working with councils to tackle childhood obesity and cut sudden infant deaths.


Ministers reaffirm 30-hour childcare pledge, but funding crisis looms

Education secretary Nicky Morgan and childcare minister Sam Gyimah are meeting with employees of Rolls Royce as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the 30-hour childcare offer for parents, which starts...


'We’re going on a Bear Hunt' to be brought to life in a TV animation

Michael Rosen’s popular children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is to be adapted into a TV special.


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Learning & Development: Early Years Pioneers - Margaret and Rachel McMillan

Margaret (1860-1931) and Rachel (1859-1917) McMillan made real advances in early childcare, and their ideas...


Home learning - A parent's guide to ... treasure basket and heuristic play

Giving your child opportunities to explore a variety of objects can aid their developmental progress. Penny...


EYFS Best Practice: All about... Outdoor nurseries

Settings based on outdoor learning are growing in popularity - and providing focused, creative provision...


A Unique Child: Inclusion - Meeting time

Bringing parents and practitioners together to review a child's progress in a way that is positive for all...


Learning & Development: Communication & Language - A formal occasion

On entering Reception, children are exposed to the world of 'formal' language. In the third part of our series...


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Common Inspection Framework: Part 2 - Compare and contrast

In the second part of a series on Ofsted's new framework, the Pre-School Learning Alliance's Michael...


My working life... School-based nursery manager

Nurseries and schools have long been co-located, but what is it like managing early years in the modern...


Social media - Getting parents involved

Your online strategy can be incredibly useful for engaging your children's carers. Kate Tyler explains...


Early Years Teachers: Part 5 - Going direct

The School Direct route gave one practitioner opportunities for practical learning and development -...

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