Welsh children in need as they start school with a lack of speech Popular charity, Save the Children, are calling for more speech and language support in Wales as more children than ever are starting school with worrying levels of speech and language development. The charity has found that almost 80% of reception teachers in Wales often … [Read more...] about Desperate need for speech and language support in Wales
40% of children in the UK are not regularly going to the dentist Shocking figures from the NHS show that at least 40% of children in the UK failed to see a dentist last year. This can be very damaging to a child's health and well-being, leaving many children with preventable dental health problems. The British Dental Association have stressed the … [Read more...] about NHS figures show 4 in 10 children not attending the dentist
30 hours funding could cause school nurseries to close There are huge concerns that the increase in free funding from fifteen hours to thirty hours in 2017 could lead to the closure of many school nurseries and early years settings up and down the UK. There are an initial two years extra support available out of tax payers money but there … [Read more...] about Nursery School concerns over 30 hours funding
Pokémon Go is a new craze sweeping the nation, encouraging children and adults to get outside and be active; however it has been suggested that the game could cause issues for safeguarding in Early Years settings. The app is downloadable to smart phones and requires you to go out walking to search for and collect Pokémon. One aspect of the game is … [Read more...] about Pokémon go causing safeguarding concerns for nurseries
Father and GP campaigns for nursery to relax its rules on conjunctivitis A GP and father of twins has recently campaigned for a nursery to change their sickness policy with regards to conjunctivitis. Dr Finnikin pushed for the change in policy after his own toddler was sent home with the infection by the University of Birmingham’s nursery. The … [Read more...] about ‘Relax nursery sickness policies’ urges GP
How will Early Years providers and children in the UK be affected by Brexit? On 23rd June 2016 the country was divided with 52% of voters winning the decision for the United Kingdom to leave the EU. Brexit has made history but how will this decision impact on the Early Years sector and most importantly, the children? Equality and … [Read more...] about How will Brexit impact on the next generation?
Will there be enough funded places available with the increase to 30 hours? With the funded hours of childcare for all three and four year olds increasing from 15 hours to 30 hours next year, many children may find themselves losing out due to lack of free places. Many childcare settings have expressed their concerns over the … [Read more...] about Children at risk of losing nursery funded places
Ever thought of taking on apprenticeships? Taking on apprenticeships can be a great way to spot talent. These training schemes offer young people the ability to learn hands on experience. The course can last between one and four years depending on what the apprentice is studying for. For nurseries it is a great way to introduce young motivated … [Read more...] about Apprenticeships can be a great way to spot talent
Do you work more then your contracted hours? Many early years practitioners understand the struggles faced with working more than just their contracted hours. It is a common problem and cause for debate in many early years settings across the UK. The concern is how far can these boundaries be pushed? And how much good will in working outside of … [Read more...] about Unpaid overtime in the early years is becoming too common!
Concepts of shape and size Shape and size are concepts that are important for children to learn about. They form part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, shape, space and measures , the questions asked is do practitioners know how to plan and implement activities to help children learn about this concept There are many ways that the … [Read more...] about Teaching children about concepts of shape and size