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CatherineGaunt

At least someone was listening

Has there ever been a U-turn on Government childcare policy as great as this? After six long months of campaigning, with thousands of signatures on paper and online petitions started by childminders, early years organisations and parenting groups, the changes to ratios that everyone feared would be so...

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CatherineGaunt

New faces

The appointment of Elizabeth Truss could divide opinion among the early years and childcare sector. On the one hand the new minister for early years has at least shown an interest in tackling problems to do with the affordability and availability of childcare for families. In fact, you could say she...

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CatherineGaunt

Peppa - saint or sinner?

According to the Daily Mail, parents have taken to Mumsnet to voice their despair and their belief that Peppa is ‘making their children naughty’.

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CatherineGaunt

No nursery place, no job

By closing a college nursery, at a time when many people face job losses,  it seems rather ironic that East Durham College - a community college that on its website advertises courses to help people back into work - will be responsible for making 18 nursery staff redundant and leaving working parents...

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The benefits of privilege

Many parents will be wondering what’s next on the hit list, as the row over the Chancellor’s decision to axe child benefit for higher-rate taxpayers rumbles on. The loss of child benefit for anyone earning more than £43,875 a year could very well be just one of the first of the universal entitlements...

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Free school free for all

Free schools are increasingly looking like a policy idea dreamt up by ministers who are making it up as they go along and that pretty much anything goes. Including it seems employing people to teach children who may or may not be teachers. It seems that for free schools, employing qualified teachers...

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Play is a dirty business

'A little bit of dirt is good for you', didn't our grannies used to say that when we were young? In fact there are plenty of theories that the rise in allergies and asthma in young children is because they are no longer exposed to germs in the same way as previous generations. Now Boots is full of hand...

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