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Social mobility plan promises £50m for school nursery places

A new Government plan to boost social mobility has pledged £50m to increase school-based nursery places and close the 'word gap'.


Ofsted annual report: EYFS does not prepare children for Year 1

The EYFS has weaknesses and should be improved to ensure children are better prepared for the national curriculum, Ofsted has said.


Some nurseries will benefit from business rate relief from April

From next year, 'more than a hundred' nurseries in Wales will be exempt from paying business rates.


Ofsted chief 'taken aback' by criticism of Reception report

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has hit back at critics of the inspectorate’s ‘Bold Beginnings’ report.


Birmingham's council nurseries up for review

Birmingham City Council is reviewing the future of its nurseries, after the GMB union raised concerns at the prospect of the closure of all 14 of the city’s council-run settings.


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Learning & Development: Music: Part 4 - Give voice

Communication, language and music are intrinsically linked, and it is important to understand this in the...


Positive Relationships: Behaviour - Wise Words

A snippet of Nursery World history and years of sound advice to parents are revealed in a new book about Susan...


A Unique Child: Child development - Sleepy time

Early years practitioners have a vital role to play in developing healthy sleeping habits for the babies and...


EYFS Activities - Five things to do on… a snowy day

How to make the most of snow activities this winter. By Julie Mountain


Positive Relationships: Behaviour - Strength of feeling

How should practitioners deal with a child who is always angry and is making life difficult for everyone at...


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Managing Send, Part 3: Local Offer - A better offer

How can early years settings – and the families who use them – get the best out of their SEND local offer?...


Children’s Services Update - New system

The current safeguarding system has been in operation for many years.


Market Round-Up - Property forecast

Mark Traynor, of HRC Law, reports on a cool November for deals, and finds that crowdfunding has been...


Children and Social Work Act, Part 4: Social Work - Social progress?

In the final part of this series, Ann Marie Christian sets out the changes to social work from an early...

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