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MPs call for tighter restrictions on academy trusts

A cross-party group of MPs has raised concern about the performance, accountability and expansion of multi-academy trusts.

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Lack of awareness stopping providers from applying for EYPP

One in five nurseries has not applied for the Early Years Pupil Premium because of a lack of knowledge, a survey reveals.

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Bringing maths into everyday activities key to success

A new report outlines what nurseries and childminders can do to close the gap in maths attainment for children, especially for those from less privileged backgrounds.

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DfE offers childminder start-up grants for 30 hours

Newly registered childminders and childminder agencies can apply for grants of up to £1,000, if they are planning to offer the Government’s funded 30-hour childcare places.

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Half of all children's centres in Essex to close

Following a two-year consultation, Essex County Council has decided to close 38 of its 75 children's centres.


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Latest Early Years & Nursery Practice

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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...

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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...

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

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

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

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

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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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Market Round-Up - Property forecast

Mark Traynor looks at market movement and hot deals in January, when several big overseas players entered...

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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...

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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...

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Children’s services update - Mental health

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

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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.