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Ofsted's new inspection framework for early years, schools and colleges comes into force in September 2019.
The latest news, features and views on closing the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children and the literacy gap.
Figures suggest the number of children currently living in poverty in the UK is growing. We look at the reasons behind this, its impact on children and their families and explore what can be done.
The co-location of nurseries and care homes is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. We look at the thinking behind intergenerational care, the latest developments and examples of best practice.
The latest news and features on apprenticeships, including the sector's first-ever Early years Educator apprenticeship standard, at Level 3.
The latest news and views on the Government's controversial decision to introduce the Reception baseline. Due to become law in September 2020, following a trial and a pilot in 2019, our coverage includes pros and cons from both sides of the debate.
The Government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme was launched in April 2017 and allows working parents to claim back £2,000 a year on childcare costs. Follow the progress of the scheme.
The Education and Childcare T-Level is one of the first of three T-levels coming in from 2020. The new two-year vocational college-based course will be equivalent to three A-Levels.
A look at how mental health and well-being affects early years practitioners and young children.
Local authority maintained nursery schools' fight for survival amid underfunding and council cuts.
The topic of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in the early years, including the Code of Practice, legislation, support and funding.
From September 2017, working parents of three- and four-year-olds have been eligible for 30 hours of free childcare. Follow the progress of the Government's flagship policy as it develops.
We take a look at the latest on the Level 3 qualification, including apprenticeships, recruitment and the Government's consultation on the GCSE rules.
With childhood obesity on the rise, we look at the research behind the headlines, what can be done to reverse the trend and the Government's obesity strategy.
Launched in September 2014, we look at the thinking behind the introduction of childminder agencies and how they have progressed.
Twenty per cent of two-year-olds will become eligible for an early education place from September 2013, rising to 40 per cent in 2014-15. Follow the progress of the Government's programme.
Politicians, think-tanks, parents and those in the early years sector all want their say on how childcare can be made more affordable. Follow the story here as the Childcare Commission prepares to release its recommendations.
What are the problems and what action is being taken to solve them?
The free school programme has proved to be controversial. Will it add parental choice or disadvantage existing schools? Follow the Government's plan to establish free schools around the country
News, views and advice as the Government reviews the Early Years Foundation Stage.
All the latest news and views on moves to attract more men to working with young children. Will fresh initiatives to increase the proportion of males in childcare have a significant effect?
Read the views of fans and critics of synthetic phonics as the Government insists on its rigorous use for teaching young children to read.
News, tips and guidance on working with fathers, covering everything from paternity leave to ways to encourage Dads to join in at nursery
As local authorities struggle to deal with budget cuts, children's centres around the country are at risk of closure.
What should nurseries and practitioners be doing to protect children from paedophiles? We look at the issues surrounding the Vanessa George abuse case.
How do practitioners need to improve their skills to meet the requirements of the EYFS? In an update to our highly popular series on this topic, Charlotte Goddard revisits the issue now the EYFS is established and in light of new developments such as the new inspection framework
How do good managers address inclusion? What are the legal frameworks they need to be aware of? Framed around the protected characteristics under the Equality Act, Gabriella Jozwiak provides this comprehensive guide.
Recruitment is a major issue for many nurseries. In this series, Charlotte Goddard pulls together the sector's most creative approaches to tackling the problem - from attracting staff at all levels and ages to more men, minorities and staff from abroad.
What are the current challenges in social care, and how does this impact on the early years practitioner? What about recent reforms? Safeguarding expert Rachel Buckler provides this guide to safeguarding in the current climate.
What can be discovered from a systematic analysis of Ofsted reports? Pennie Akehurst, former head of the early years and childcare service at Derbyshire County Council, pulls out the key themes from thousands of inspections in this invaluable guide.
Your guide to this legislation which gained royal assent in 2017 and covers changes to local safeguarding and the social work profession, relationships education, and the concept of corporate parenting.
What do setting leaders need to know when it comes to SEND? This guide covers funding, navigating the local offer, training, legal framework, complex needs and managing parents.
What is Universal Credit, and how does it work? How does it affect settings, families, and does it need to be reformed? This comprehensive six-part guide by David Finch of the Resolution Foundation gives the lowdown on this new benefit.
The Government’s long-awaited workforce strategy is about a lot more than just the re-acceptance of Functional Skills at level 3. In this series, Charlotte Goddard looks at each of its aspects: from level 3 and EYTs to CPD and supporting children with SEND.
What can settings gain from collaboration and how can they work more effectively together? Carla Solvason, senior lecturer at the University of Worcester, reports.
Who are the movers and shakers in the early years property sector? Mark Traynor, of HRC Law, analyses the trends of 2017.
Pilots for the Government’s 30 funded hours childcare scheme started in September 2016. Looking at each of the pilot councils in turn, what can we learn from the different approaches? Charlotte Goddard reports.
In a time of squeezed training budgets, knowing how to lead training that your teams actually remember and use is a vital skill. In this four-part series, Anne Oldfield and Sarah Emerson explain how this can be done.
Former Ofsted inspector Debbie Alcock covers everything from safeguarding to disqualifications, allegations, preparing for inspections, and understanding Ofsted terminology.
What does leadership look like in the early years? What tools are at leaders’ disposal? Academics and authors Verity Campbell-Barr and Caroline Leeson introduce the concept and discuss how to develop and share your vision with the team, and how those at the helm can reflect on their role.
Budgeting can be a headache at the best of times, but a series of legal changes to outgoings such as business rates and the minimum wage are making the job harder. Karen Faux sets out the key changes in this series, as well as how to get smart with costs.
Created in response to readers who wanted ways to develop their sustainability credentials, this series, written by two Liverpool John Moores University academics and a practitioner, covers everything from sustainability as a form of global citizenship to energy saving techniques, funding, and the Passive House movement.
Sharing information and working effectively with other services is much easier in theory than in practice. In this comprehensive guide, Hannah Crown speaks to industry leaders on the key hurdles, progress on data sharing within Government, best practice, and training.
How are settings using the EYPP? Charlotte Goddard speaks to settings across the country on the key themes of transition, early language, supporting parents and attendance, as well as ICT and staff training.
A five-part series on Ofsted's new inspection framework which runs across early years, schools and further education colleges.
Expert Kate Tyler guides you through creating a social presence online, starting with why you should bother to drafting a strategy, communicating with parents and digital safeguarding issues.
A series looking at all the training options available for Early Years Teachers. By Charlotte Goddard.
How can you keep your staff happy? Childbase's Sarah Rotundo gives the low down on staff engagement, retention, recruitment and rewards.
The array of business models available to nurseries are set out in this six-part series by Hannah Crown.
A five-part series by Laura Henry on creating and implementing the policies and procedures you need for your childcare setting.
Gabriella Jozwiak takes a look at all aspects of the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification.
Laura Henry gives advice on effective and safe recruitment of staff for early years settings.
A four-part series on the key areas of change for safeguarding and welfare requirements under the revised EYFS, including risk assessment, child protection and suitable people.
Why supervision is such an important focus of the revised Early Years Foundation Stage and what it means for early years settings. Karen John of Pen Green Research Base provides expert advice.
James Hempsall examines how settings can meet the challenges in the expansion of the free entitlement to disadvantaged two-year-olds, and shares examples of excellent practice.
Advice and information about training the nursery team on all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Your staff are your most important asset. Jacqui Mann of HR4Nurseries explains the latest employment best practice and legislation.
See how a range of childcare providers are growing their businesses and expanding their services.
We showcase the excellent practice of early years settings that have earned the top grade in their Ofsted inspection.
Lena Engel provides expert guidance on the new Ofsted early years framework, taking you through each stage of making sure that you achieve the best grade possible in your inspection.
How nursery leaders and managers developed their self-evaluation skills to improve their settings' practice.
We take key areas where settings underperform in Ofsted inspections, and present models of best practice on each key area. Covering themes including monitoring and evaluation, planning for challenge, suitable people, management of staff, safeguarding and managing risk, and working with parents.
Creative approaches to outdoor play when it's cold, wet and windy, by Julie Mountain.
A four-part series by Julie Mountain, exploring the innovative 7Cs approach to outdoor space design for young children, including character, change and challenge.
This series aims to help practitioners be more responsive to children's interests and reflect on how thoughtful resourcing can truly broaden and progress their learning. It sets out what to include in a core collection for everyday use.
Elinor Goldschmied developed treasure baskets for babies who can sit up and the heuristic play approach for toddlers. Her ideas are still helping to provide a rich and nurturing environment for babies and young children to thrive mentally, emotionally and physically.
Ideas, support and information for best practice in outdoor provision and play in the Early Years Foundation Stage. With a wealth of articles on all aspects of the outdoors, including forest schools, gardening and the best early years resources for your setting. An invaluable guide to this vital area of early years practice.
What is 'continuous provision', why is it so important and how does it fit into Early Years Foundation Stage practice? A guide to what practitioners need to be providing on a daily basis in every area of the early years setting to ensure they are offering a truly 'enabling environment'.
What is meant by continuous provision, and what does it require of early years practitioners? Anne O'Connor explains the key elements in this four-part series.
A four-part series by Julie Mountain on the London Borough of Newham project supporting movement in two- and three-year-olds.
Penny Tassoni shows how to provide a range of experiences to support young children’s learning and development.
Kindergartens in Japan have some innovative approaches to outdoor provision, especially with risk-taking and resilience. Julie Mountain shares the findings from her visits.
Best practice under the new Special Education Needs and Disability Code of Practice is explained by Dr Kay Mathieson.
Dr Kay Mathieson looks at the new Integrated Review and its implications for early years practitioners.
Nursery World’s special report on all aspects of young children’s health, from physical fitness to emotional well-being, immunisation and more.
Expert advice on providing healthy food in early years settings and educating young children about eating well.
Your guide to being a fully inclusive setting. A four-part series based on the themes and principles of the EYFS.
What influences gender differences in the early years, and how can we ensure that gender stereotyping does not limit opportunities for boys or girls?
A guide to all aspects of inclusive practice from early years consultant Mary Dickins.
An eight-part guide for early years practitioners on successfully implementing anti-bias practice, by Anne O'Connor.
A four-part series in which Marion Dowling explores aspects of children's personal development.
Observation and assessment of young children is the starting point for supporting their individual needs. Anne O'Connor shows how.
Dr Raj Thakkar offers expert medical advice for nursery practitioners on a range of common childhood illnesses.
Tasty ways to get young children loving common foods.
Case studies of individual children with different needs and the inclusive practice of the early years settings that care for them.
Sensory experiences are vital to healthy brain development. Anne O'Connor and Dr Kath Dickinson look at common difficulties and show how to support sensory development.
Nursery World’s special report on school early years provision to inspire and support learning.
This 12-part series by Penny Tassoni, renowned early years expert, author and trainer, offers invaluable advice on all aspects of learning, development and behaviour of two-year-old children.
Expert advice on the new Prime Areas of the revised Early Years Foundation Stage - Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, and Communication and Language. Focus on three to fives and under-threes.
Leading experts on the new Specific Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage - Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design - and how to achieve best practice.
In a three-part series, Jan Dubiel considers the meaning of the characteristics of effective teaching and learning - Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creativity and Critical Thinking - highlighted in the revised EYFS.
A four-part series by Julie Fisher, with advice for practitioners on better understanding their role in supporting early learning and identifying what helps interaction with young children.
The phrase 'school readiness' is taking a high profile in Government reports and policy, but what does it mean, and how should early years practitioners respond? David Whitebread and Sue Bingham look at perspectives that can inform planning for children's learning.
Ann Langston examines the proposed changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage, giving an overview of progress so far and focusing on observation, assessment and planning.
Advice, information and ideas for supporting boys to become confident and competent learners.
Freedom of movement is essential for children's developing minds and emotions as well as their bodies. Anne O'Connor and Anna Daly give expert advice on physical development.
A complete guide to supporting young children and their families accessing early learning under the funded places programme.
Music is important in promoting young children’s cognitive development, well-being and enjoyment. Linda Pound’s series examines how music can support early learning across all areas of the curriculum.
Computational skills need to be reflected in curricula and practice, as Marc Faulder shows in this series about teaching computational thinking in the early years.
A six-part series looking at Froebel’s continuing importance as an early years educator and thinker, which makes links between Froebel’s approach and the EYFS, and demonstrates Froebel in action at Yellow Dot Nurseries.
A three-part guide to supporting children to make a successful transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1, by Julie Fisher.
How babies learn, both in the womb and after they are born, by one of the UK's most eminent experts in infant cognitive development, Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith.
Practitioners from Pen Green Nursery, Corby, share their observations of different children and the schemas that they are exploring.
A guide to understanding how young children think and how best to support their developing skills, by Marion Dowling.
An eight-part guide to one of the most challenging aspects of the EYFS framework, by renowned early years consultant Helen Bromley. The pack includes further reading suggestions and discussion points. Themes include enabling environments, planning for achievement, observation, listening to children, record-keeping and reporting and describing progress.
A 10-part guide to child development in the early years, covering language, communication, awareness, behaviour, memory, relationships, the brain and physical and emotional development.
A six-part series by Helen Moylett on how to promote communication skills in babies and young children, with an overview of the essentials of good early years practice and a focus on particular themes including bilingualism and working with parents.
Nursery World's series on the early years pioneers that have shaped current practice, including Piaget, Froebel and Margaret McMillan - an essential resource for students and practitioners alike.
Best practice articles on supporting young children who speak more than one language.
A three-part series by Marion Dowling explains why PSED is the top priority for supporting children to grow and learn.
A six-part series from the team at the University of Liverpool and ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD).
A 12-part guide to meeting the emotional and learning needs of the unique child, by Julia Manning-Morton.
A six-part guide by Judith Dancer, exploring the different elements of EYFS maths, with practical ideas for babies, toddlers and young children.
A twice-termly focus on different aspects of early years best practice in schools.
Penny Tassoni and Anne-Marie Tassoni answer questions about children's speech and language development at different ages and stages
A five-part series on the importance of non-verbal communication with babies, young children, colleagues and parents, by Charlotte Goddard
Nursery World articles on different aspects of maintaining and developing relationships with the most important people in a child’s life.
A series on how to support children who cannot stay in control - the ultimate challenge for practitioners. By Pat Gordon-Smith.
An understanding of attachment is central to delivering the Positive relationships strand of the Early Years Foundation Stage. A five-part series by early years consultant Anne O'Connor.
A guide to the concept and practice of the now mandatory key person in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Nursery World's popular series of guides for parents, to everything from tantrums to sleep to tooth brushing.
Julia Manning-Morton's series on the development and behaviour of two-year-olds.
A series on different early intervention projects to help parents support their children’s learning and behaviour.
A four-part series on the adult role in supporting early learning, by early years consultant, trainer and author Julie Fisher
A four-part series on introducing music into the everyday practice of early years settings, by MERYC UK.
Activities inspired by popular early years themes.
Best practice in helping young children to develop their creativity.
A guide to best practice in organising group visits with early years children.
An 11-part series on helping children to begin exploring mathematical ideas, by Sheila Ebbutt and Carole Skinner.
Force, friction, electricity, sound, and light are explored by Linda Thornton and Pat Brunton.
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