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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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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.

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Firefighters battle childhood obesity and cot death

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

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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...

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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Early Years Teachers: Part 5 - Going direct

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

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