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Children's Food Trust

Children’s Food Trust to close

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The Children’s Food Trust has announced that it is closing. The charity announced the news on its website today, where it also reflected on its “genuine and positive” contribution to children’s health in the UK.Read more
30 hours available to four year olds

Applications for 30-hours ‘free childcare’ open to four-year-olds

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The government has announced that working parents of children aged four-years-old can now apply for 30-hours of funded childcare to use from September onwardsRead more
Insights into the EYFS

Alliance publishes Insights into the EYFS

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A new publication from the Alliance offers a practical guide to the EYFS and associated guidance, as well as Ofsted registration and inspections. Insights into the EYFS is now available to members and non-members from the...Read more

Early trials show risks to 30 hours 'free childcare' offer

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Rising delivery costs, falling profits and staff recruitment are all risks to the 30 hours free childcare offer, highlights a new report evaluating trials of the policy....Read more

Alliance launches new online training course on supporting children with SEND

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We have launched a new online training course to support early years providers working with children with special educational needsRead more

SEED report says that early education boosts future levels of employment

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Investment in early years is said to reduce rates of depression, school truancy and crime and can help the government reduce costs later on....Read more

English schools set to take part in OECD early years PISA study

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England has joined an OECD pilot, testing 300 five-year-olds’ cognitive skills
 
The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that 20 schools and childcare settings in England are set to take part in...Read more

Tracy Brabin announced as new shadow education minister

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MP will also have responsibility for early years provisionRead more

More two-year-olds take up 15-hours offer

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DfE statistics show that 71% of eligible two-year-olds take up place
 
The number of two-year-olds using the 15-hours offer has increased, according to the DfE’s latest Education Provision for Children...Read more

Alliance shortlisted for two Nursery World Awards

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Play Cards for the Home Environment and SmartPD shortlisted

Two Alliance products have been shortlisted in the Nursery World Awards 2017. A panel of experts from the early years sector drew up the shortlist earlier this year and...Read more

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