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New parents lose 657 hours of sleep per year

Research published today by the charity Book Trust reveals that new parents lose 675 hours of sleep per year- the equivalent of almost four weeks of less sleep a year.

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DfE publishes 30 hours guide for early years providers and councils

The Department for Education has published operational guidance for 30-hour childcare.

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Tax-Free Childcare goes live

From today, working parents of children under four can start using Tax-Free Childcare, as well as sign up ahead of the 30-hour September roll-out.

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'Children crammed into classrooms like sardines,' says Labour

Labour has accused the Tories of breaking their promise on small class sizes, as new research suggests that more than half a million children are in 'super-size' primary classes.

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Join in Outdoor Classroom Day 2017

Nursery and school children across the UK will join hundreds of thousands of children all over the world in celebrating Outdoor Classroom Day this May.


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Latest Early Years & Nursery Practice

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Enabling Environments: Collections - Worlds of their own

Fantasy play is easy to cater for. Nicole Weinstein provides some practice tips for practitioners and ideas...

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A Unique Child: Inclusion - Supporting… Stefan

An award-winning setting in Leicester is helping a boy, and his mother, cope with his rare genetic disorder,...

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EYFS Activities: Five things to do with… shiny stuff

Julie Mountain provides ideas for stocking your ‘shiny stuff’ collection and what to do with it

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Positive Relationships: Parenting Programmes - Taking the strain

Fortunately for those parents struggling to cope with their child’s behaviour, there are programmes to help,...

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… picnic time

Picnics help children explore new foods, develop skills and build relationships, finds Penny Tassoni

 

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30 Hours, Part 6: Portsmouth pilot

Although concerns remain, some settings in Portsmouth report success so far with the 30 hours trial,...

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Children’s services update - Learning about gender and sex

John Simmonds looks at new legislation on relationships education and its implications

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Inspection: part 8 – Ofsted and allegations

Having described how to deal with a member of staff when an allegation has been made and the role of...

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Market Round-Up - Property forecast

HRC Law’s Mark Traynor on the hot trends from last month

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Latest From The Blog

  • 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.