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More than 130 playgrounds close in two years

The number of playgrounds across England is falling rapidly, according to new research.


Parents' reading project aims to boost three-year-olds' language

A new study aims to find out whether 20 minutes a day of story activities can help parents boost their child’s language skills.


Nadhim Zahawi sets out next steps for £20m early years fund

The DfE is looking for a national training partner to take on the next stage of the Early Years Professional Development Fund, the children’s minister told delegates at the Nursery World Business Summit....


Projects to support disadvantaged children’s early learning awarded £18m

Projects aimed at boosting home learning and improving training for professionals working with children with SEND, are among those that have been allocated a share of £18m in DfE funding.


Budget failings to cost nursery sector nearly half a billion pounds

The cost to private and voluntary nurseries of last month’s budget is £437m according to an analysis by the National Day Nurseries Association.

Latest Early Years & Nursery Practice


EYFS Activities: Sharing books… Where Bear?

Penny Tassoni has ideas for sharing Where Bear? by Sophy Henn


EYFS Best Practice in schools - Set to work?

Grouping by ability is growing in popularity despite evidence showing that it can have a range of negative...


Non-Verbal Communication - On message?

How adults communicate non-verbally with children aged three to five has a profound effect on self-esteem...


Inclusion - Supporting… Jaipreet

How one nursery in the West Midlands helped a Punjabi-speaking girl become a confident talker in English before...


EYFS Activities: Five ways to explore… sticks

Autumn’s abundance of fallen sticks could be the start of a stick love affair in your setting! By Julie Mountain...


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Nursery Chains: League Tables - Changing times

Although the top of the table remains the same, this year’s top 25 ranking reveals evidence elsewhere...


Nursery Chains: Nursery Chains 1998-2018 - Chains at 20

How have the UK’s biggest nursery groups – and the early years sector as a whole – changed over the past...


Nursery Chains: Award Winners - Pots of gold

David Wright, co-owner of 2018 Nursery Group of the Year winner Paint Pots, tells Annette Rawstrone about...


Nursery Chains: Mental Health and Well-Being - All in the mind

With a quarter of the workforce considering leaving the profession due to stress, Karen Faux talks to...

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