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'School readiness' programme to help thousands more children

A programme to reverse the trend in children starting school without the skills they need to learn, is to be expanded to 80 communities across England.

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Take a masterclass with Michael Rosen at the Nursery World Show 2016

Famous author, poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen will lead a morning masterclass at the Nursery World Show 2016 on 5 February.

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Three-year wait for autism diagnosis 'pushing families to the brink'

Children are waiting more than three and half years for an autism diagnosis, pushing families to breaking point, warns a national charity.

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Nurseries struggle to recover late payments

More than half of nurseries have had to write off debts from unpaid fees in the past year, a survey suggests.

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North-west nursery group adds 4th setting

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


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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...

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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...

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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...

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EYFS Best Practice: All about... Outdoor nurseries

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

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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...

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Social media - Getting parents involved

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

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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...

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Business Development - School's out for summer

Parental demand for holiday care exceeds supply. But what are the practicalities of running a holiday...

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