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New Early Years Apprenticeships & the ratio saga

Yesterday the Government issued a press release saying that they would be investing £2million in a new scheme for Early Years apprentices starting in September 2013. No further details seem to have materialised on the website of the National College … Continue reading

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Tougher inspections for nurseries

Nurseries and childminders to face tougher inspections (BBC news) Ofsted warns failing nurseries and childminders may be shut down (Guardian news) Ofsted Chief Inspector Michael Wilshaw said “too many providers are not good enough, particularly in the most deprived areas. … Continue reading

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childcare workers are illiterate, innit

An interim report of a Review on early years and childcare qualifications was published this week and was reported in the Guardian. This statement from the report was summarised in the Guardian and many other articles: “We demand that students … Continue reading

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A potted history of the life of my mother (1935-2009)

It’s two years today since my Mum died and so I’ve been thinking a lot about her today. She was born in November 1935 in Jamnagar in India. Her family moved to Kenya and she spent most of her childhood … Continue reading

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Teather thinks more men are needed to raise the status of Early Years

   Today, this  appeared in Nursery World Magazine: “Ms Teather told delegates that more needed to be done to raise the status of early years professionals, and revealed the Government’s plans to publish a workforce review in the summer, which will … Continue reading

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On Cameron and immigration (yes, another one)

Today, David Cameron has received lots of (mostly bad) publicity for making this speech  in which one of the things he talks about is the importance of immigrants integrating with indigenous communities and learning to speak English. “That’s why, when … Continue reading

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All children should be able to get free nursery education

There was an announcement  yesterday that the government has decided to bow to pressure and review the Early Years Free Entitlement Code of Practice. This sets out the rules and guidance for the 15 hours free nursery education which children … Continue reading

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