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Around one in three parents do not know if their child is being taught by a qualified early years teacher, according to a poll. The majority of mothers and fathers would rather their youngster was taught by someone who specialises in early years education, while many think that ministers should…
Attending a nursery with highly qualified staff or an outstanding Ofsted rating has a limited benefit for children’s educational achievement, according to new research by lead authors at the University of Surrey. A report published today reveals that a child’s educational achievement at the end of their reception year is…
The new test website for Social Care Wales has been launched ahead of the new organisation starting work on 3 April 2017. Social Care Wales will bring together the Care Council and the Social Services Improvement Agency and be responsible for leading and supporting the improvement of early years and…
More than half of councils are unsure if they will have enough childcare available when plans to double the free hours available to pre-schoolers comes into force, a survey suggests. Under major reforms from this September, three and four-year-olds in England will be entitled to 30 free hours of care…
The state must stop it's so-called "nannying" of British parents and do away with universal free childcare, a new report has urged. Families most in need of help are not getting it because Government subsidies are poorly targeted, the Institute of Economic Affairs publication said. Many families on average earnings…
A tailored curriculum and a skilled and self-reflective workforce are key to good practice in early years settings, reveals a new report published today by NatCen Social Research. The report from the Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) brings together the experiences of early years practitioners, who identified these…
Encouraging children to develop language skills, read, and enjoy books at an early age is vital – and the earlier the better. That’s the message from Scotland’s nursery inspectors as they back a campaign to improve children’s early language skills . Research shows that young people who attend a high-quality…
In late 2016, new plans for the Welsh healthcare landscape were announced by Qualification Wales and The National Assembly for Wales' Children, Young People and Education Committee. These detailed the introduction of new qualifications and a consultation looking at the first 1000 days of a child's life. The first 1,000…
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