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The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has launched the Learning Zone to provide its registrants with a range of free online learning tools and information guides to support their career progression. The Learning Zone resource has been developed to support the on-going learning and development of Social Workers, Social…
An average of 1,000 baby boxes per week have been delivered to parents of newborns in the first year of the programme. The Scottish Government said 52,065 baby boxes have been gifted to date, with an 85% uptake by parents. The latest survey showed 100% satisfaction with the box, which…
Hundreds of thousands of young children are at risk of falling behind before they start school because they do not have access to specially qualified early years workers, according to a charity. Save The Children says that there is a shortage of around 11,000 early years teachers in England. It…
Early signs of autism can be detected in babies by playing peek-a-boo, research has shown. If their brains respond less than they should to the stimulating game they are more likely to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as toddlers. Scientists used neuroimaging technology to compare the brain…
A number of children were among people hurt when a man stormed through a children's play centre, attacking customers, before jumping from a balcony. The owner of The Alphabet Zoo, in Bradford, said none of his customers who were caught up in the incident on Tuesday afternoon needed hospital treatment…
The Government's free childcare policy is being challenged in the High Court by lone parents and their children, who say they are discriminated against. Free childcare provision for three and four-year-olds whose parents are "deemed to be in work" was doubled from 15 to 30 hours from last year. But…
The days of "cops and robbers" may be in the past for many young children, as most nurseries are now banning them from bringing in and playing with toy weapons, according to a poll. The survey also suggests that for a small number, superhero costumes are getting the thumbs down.…
A steep drop in the number of childminders working in England has been branded "simply unacceptable" by campaigners who have called on the Government to take action to halt the decline. New Ofsted figures show that there are now more than 15,000 fewer registered childminders compared to around six years…
Parents could face having to find hundreds of pounds upfront for childcare under the controversial Universal Credit scheme, according to a charity. Save the Children has warned there is a risk that the new benefits system will put mothers and father off taking up a new job, or push families…
Some batches of children's cough syrup which have the potential to grow mould have been recalled. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a precautionary recall for some own-brand children's blackcurrant cough syrup. It said that a problem with one of the ingredients in these medicines has been…
Cash-strapped nurseries are struggling with growing deficits following the introduction of the 30-hour free childcare policy, a survey has suggested. Under a Government scheme rolled out last autumn, three and four-year-olds in England with working parents are entitled to this amount of free care. But a report by the National…
Some parents do not appreciate the importance of early education and teaching young children life skills such as how to communicate or use the toilet, it has been suggested. Some mothers and fathers do not know how to impart these skills and need more support in doing so, according to…
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