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Children and Families Minister will make keynote speech at NW's Business Summit

Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Children and Families, is to give the keynote speech at our fourth annual one-day Business Summit on 8 November.

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HMRC apologises for Childcare Service performance

HMRC has apologised for the difficulties faced by parents trying to access its Childcare Service.

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Business rates could be scrapped for Scottish nurseries

A new report recommends business rates be abolished for nurseries in Scotland.

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Benefits freeze adds to cost of raising children for low-income families

The rising costs of raising a child are not being matched by increases in state support for families for the first time in post-war history, a study by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has found....

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Home-Start set for major development with Lottery funding boost

The Home-Start network has received funding of almost £900,000 from the National Lottery to expand its services.


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EYFS Activities - Five things to do with… tree trunks and log slices

How to enjoy tree trunks and logs safely and creatively. By Julie Mountain

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… visiting local shops

Going to the shop may be an everyday experience, but if planned correctly a group visit can be beneficial...

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EYFS Activities - We’ve explored… The Scarecrows’ Wedding

The children at one setting were inspired to bring Julia Donaldson’s book to life, finds Annette Rawstrone...

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Enabling Environments: Physical Development - Body talk

A space called The Tig, where children can move exuberantly in the presence of acrobats and dancers, is wowing...

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Positive Relationships: Working with Parents - REAL progress

A home learning early literacy project in Merseyside has improved communication and language development for...

 

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30 Hours, Part 10: Dorset - Gremlins in Dorset

Technology has been something of an issue for the 30 hours system right from the start, as revealed by...

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Inspection: Part 12 – Terminology - Letter of the law

In the final part of this series, former Ofsted inspector Debbie Alcock advises to take special care...

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Children’s Services Update - Disturbing case

A recent judgment made about a 17-year-old girl detained in a secure unit under a Detention and Training...

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Market Round-Up - Property forecast

July was busy, with 60 per cent more deals than last year. By Mark Traynor

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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.