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Childhood obesity strategy falls short of expectations

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The childhood obesity strategy – published today by the Department of Health – has been criticised by health experts and campaigners for not having tougher targets.
 
The strategy lays out a number of intentions,...Read more

Ofsted publishes first inspection report on childminder agency

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Ofsted has today released its first inspection report for childminder agency Leap Ahead.
 
Childminder agencies have been widely scrutinised since their implementation two years ago and the report outlines a number of...Read more

EYFS profile to remain statutory for 2016/17

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The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has today announced that the early years foundation stage profile is to remain statutory for the academic year 2016/17.
 
It was due to become non-statutory from September...Read more

DfE launches consultation for three- and four-year-old funding

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The Department of Education has today revealed that it is launching a consultation into how it funds free childcare and early education for three- and four-year-olds.
 
Documentation on the consultation says that...Read more

DfE confirms new early years minister

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The DfE has confirmed Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport, as early years minister.
 
The news follows public concerns made by the Alliance both last week and earlier today and comes more than three weeks after...Read more

Alliance writes to DfE over lack of childcare minister

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The Pre-school Learning Alliance has written an open letter to the Department of Education (DfE), expressing concerns over the continued lack of early years minister.
 
It has been nearly a month since Theresa May...Read more

Under-fives should be active for three hours a day

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The Department of Health has launched a campaign designed to increase the amount of physical activity undertaken by toddlers and young children to at least three hours a day.
 
As part of the campaign, an expert group...Read more

Alliance voices disappointment over lack of childcare minister

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Neil Leitch, chief executive at the Pre-school Learning Alliance, has voiced his disappointment that the government has still not appointed a minister to the early years portfolio.
 
“With news that the...Read more

NAHT forms early years council

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The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has launched an Early Years Council, Nursery World reports.
 
The sector council is expected to lobby on key issues in the early years sector in order to raise...Read more

Practitioners could be prosecuted for failing to report child abuse concerns

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The Department for Education and the Home Office are holding a joint consultation to consider prosecuting those that fail to report suspicions of child abuse or neglect to local authorities.
 
The consultation is...Read more

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