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Early years staff face financial pressure as wages drop

Early years staff are now earning similar amounts to hairdressers after suffering a real-term pay loss of 5 per cent since 2013, reveals report.


Big divide between rich and poor nurseries

Affluent areas are growing nurseries while settings in areas of deprivation are increasingly struggling to survive, according to Christie and Co.


Ofsted launches consultation on how it inspects from early years to further education

Ofsted has launched a consultation on plans to change the way it inspects early years settings, schools and further education and skills providers.


Concern grows over fate of Salford council nurseries

Campaigners in Salford have written to the mayor about ‘slow progress’ in deciding the future of the city’s five council-run nurseries.


New award champions books for babies and under-fives

A new book prize for the early years has been launched.

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Speech & Language: part 9 - Quiet times

Anne-Marie Tassoni and Penny Tassoni explain what can be done to help children with English as an additional...


Digital Technology - Find the way

Digital technology in early years settings divides commentators, but the strength of opinion backs children...


Parent’s Guide - Going to the dentist

Some tips for parents on taking their child for their first dental appointment, and the wider developmental...


EYFS best practice: All about… Storytelling

Stories are especially important in the early years, explains Mary Medlicott, who offers advice on how to...


Mentoring - Teens and toddlers

A programme that sees teenagers mentor nursery children is having positive effects for both sides. By Annette...


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Training Talk - For why

Nasen’s Early Years SEND Resources helped Jen Malins to address the ‘why’ and not just the ‘what’ in...


Childcare Counsel - job offer doubts; whistleblowing

Our resident employment lawyer Caroline Robins, Eversheds principal associate, answers your questions...


Training - New apprenticeship standards

The early years trailblazer group is now in its third incarnation, and is busy devising apprenticeship...


Managing Equality and Diversity: Part 1 - Equal measures

Gabriella Jozwiak introduces the first part of a new series on managing inclusion, with a look at what...

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