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  • Our next key event: Exploring the Early Years Landscape - 3rd December - Book Now!
    Exploring the Early Years Landscape – Workshop and Discussion Day Wednesday 3rd December at the Deafblind UK Conference Centre in Peterborough This key event will be focused on the current…
    Wednesday 03 December 2014
  • Drive to boost school early education provision
    The government is to fund 26 schools to act as “champions” for providing early education to disadvantaged two-year-olds as part of a major drive to get schools more involved in…
    Wednesday 29 October 2014
  • Research questions value of free childcare for three-year-olds
    Research has found the attainment of three-year-olds who received free nursery care rose only slightly by age five and found that free nursery entitlement for three-year-olds provides little benefit to…
    Wednesday 29 October 2014
  • Primary school becomes first childminder agency
    The Department for Education has named a primary school as the country’s first childminder agency. St Bede Academy in Bolton took part in trial of the new policy last year…
    Wednesday 29 October 2014
  • Update on Troubled Families programme
    DCLG have announced the next set of results on the Troubled Families programme. They show that 117,000 families have been reached and that 69,000 have been turned around under scheme…
    Wednesday 29 October 2014
  • Mothers' mental health problems take £5.5bn toll on children
    Mental health conditions in children and young people that are linked to their mothers’ emotional problems in early parenthood costs society and the economy around £5.5bn annually an in-depth analysis…
    Tuesday 21 October 2014
  • School absence rates at seven-year low
    According to government data the overall absence rate for the autumn and spring terms fell from 5.3% in 2012/13 to 4.4% in 2013/14 – their lowest level since data was first collected…
    Tuesday 21 October 2014
  • Need to promote British values to quash racism concerns
    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says that there needs to be a cultural change following the Trojan Horse investigation in Birmingham and the child abuse scandal in Rotherham, when in both…
    Friday 17 October 2014
  • Rise in EYFS results
    The EYFS profile results: 2013 to 2014, published by the Department for Education, shows that 60% of five-year-olds achieved a good level of development earlier this year – an improvement on…
    Friday 17 October 2014
  • Managing Self-harm in Young People
    The Royal College of Psychiatrists have produced a report/good practice guide for professionals working with young people focussing on service-level issues, particularly the roles of professionals and interservice relationships. For…
    Wednesday 15 October 2014
  • Youth workers need to do more to tackle gang mental health problems
    The home affairs select committee have been hearing evidence for their inquiry on gangs and youth crime after the first year of their Ending Gang and Youth Violence programme. They are also…
    Wednesday 15 October 2014
  • Children of parents who abuse alcohol miss out on support
    The Office of the Children’s Commissioner has produced a report showing that children of parents who misuse alcohol are missing out on help and protection because local services sometimes fail…
    Wednesday 15 October 2014
  • Record number of vulnerable families using children's centres
    It has been reported in 4Children's fourth annual Children's Centre census, that the number of vulnerable families using their local children's centre has risen from 320,000 in 2013, to 335,000…
    Wednesday 15 October 2014
  • Survey of young people shows increasing pressure
    A mental health charity YoungMinds carried out a study of 5,600 young people which found that young people are facing increasing pressure as a result of bullying, stress at school, anxiety and…
    Monday 13 October 2014
  • No to “schoolification” of early years
    Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has warned that the move to a single inspection framework covering all education provision must not lead to further “schoolification”…
    Monday 13 October 2014
  • Foster carers - pressured into special guardianship orders
    Government statistics published this week show that the use of SGOs has soared in recent years with a rise of 20% in the last year. An SGO is an order…
    Tuesday 07 October 2014
  • Cracking the code: how schools can improve social mobility
    A major new report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission calls on schools to do more to improve exam results for poorer children. It shows that overall results for disadvantaged…
    Tuesday 07 October 2014
  • Family courts miss 26-week target
    Statistics released by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) show that across England more than 2/3rds of court areas have failed to meet a target for…
    Thursday 25 September 2014
  • Labour to extend remit of YJB to under-21s
    Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan said that under labour the Youth Justice Board will be made responsible for young people up to the age of 21 as they believe this…
    Wednesday 24 September 2014
  • Devolve youth offending budgets please
    Sadiq Khan, the shadow justice secretary emphasised Labours commitment to community-based policing stating that officers are better able to build relationships with young people and know what is happening in…
    Tuesday 23 September 2014