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Childcare providers will be able to ask schools if they can use their premises to run before and after-school and holiday childcare when they are not using them.

A pilot online training programme building nursery practitioner confidence with children’s language needs is being extended to childminders. Sue Owen looks at what it offers

Ofsted has revealed the reasoning behind making ‘requires improvement’ childminders, unlike nurseries, wait for the next inspection cycle for their re-inspection.

Childminders in Scotland will be required to complete a new standard of best practice before being allowed to register, under new government plans.

Ofsted’s national lead for early years has agreed to follow-up on concerns that ‘requires improvement’ childminders, unlike nurseries, could wait years to be re-inspected.

The number of children achieving the expected level for their age at the end of Reception has continued to rise.

While more children are attending early years and childcare settings in Scotland, the number of services has decreased overall.

A new report recommends early years settings provide parents with guidance on the type of apps that support children’s learning.

The waiting is over, and on a fantastic night of celebration, the winners of the Nursery World Awards 2015 were revealed.

Sharon Collier, Enfield