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Parties accused of not spelling out consequences of manifestos

According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, under the Conservatives there would be a real-term fall in school spending, while the benefit of Labour's childcare expansion would be modest.


Think-tank weighs up parties' childcare policies

The Education Policy Institute has analysed the early years and education policies set out in the party manifestos and given its verdict.


Cost of Tory free breakfast plans 'could treble'

The Conservative manifesto pledge of free breakfasts for all primary school children could cost triple the £60m allocated for it, according to education researchers.


UKIP manifesto: parents can use unregulated childcare for funded hours

Parents would be able to take the free entitlement at unregulated childcare settings under a UKIP government.


Study finds iPads benefit children's learning

New research suggests that using iPads in the classroom can have a positive impact on young children’s literacy, numeracy and communication skills.


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EYFS Best Practice: Learning from Froebel… Nurture, family and community

The importance of family and genuine links to the community and beyond. By Professor Tina Bruce and Yellow...


EYFS Activities: Five things to do with… A tiny space

Even a small outdoor space can be turned into an enriching environment, explains Julie Mountain


EYFS Activities: We’ve explored… photography

How one childminder turned the children at her setting into budding photographers. By Annette Rawstrone


EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… gardening

Growing plants will open children’s eyes to a fulfilling pursuit, finds Penny Tassoni


Enabling Environments: Collections - Little creatures

In the first part of a new series on Understanding the World, Nicole Weinstein looks at how to get up close...


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30 Hours, Part 7: Working in Wigan

Parents in Wigan have been encouraged to get a job or take on more work because of the 30 hours, finds...


Children’s Services Update - Foster caring

The one thing that always happens shortly after an election is announced is the closing down of current...


Inspection: part 9 - Far-reaching power on no-notice inspections

With the publication of Ofsted’s ‘myth-busting’ document, former inspector Debbie Alcock sets out some...


Market Round-Up - Property forecast

Mark Traynor, of HRC Law, gives the lowdown on April’s deals of note

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    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...

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    05 November 2014

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