ChildCarer e-Newsletter from Morton Michel

March 2015 Articles

Childcare minister thanks childminders and nurseries for setting a 'consistently high bar'
Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah held a reception for over 120 early years practitioners and praised them for helping him in his 'moral mission' to give parents the best possible childcare

Schools should not introduce baseline testing for four-year-olds, say early years campaigners
Early Education and TACTYC (Association for Professional Development in Early Years) are calling for schools not to introduce baseline assessments for children who have just started primary school

Half of men would worry about being judged if they became stay-at-home dads
Nearly half of men would be worried about others judging them if they decided to become stay-at-home dads and their partner became the breadwinner, according to new research

Peers call on next Government to prioritise disadvantaged children in childcare budget
The House of Lords Committee on Affordable Childcare is urging the next Government to re-prioritise the budget for early education and childcare so it is targeted at helping disadvantaged children

IPPR think tank calls for London to have childcare matchmaking service
Councils in London need to look at setting up a childcare matchmaking service, which would pair qualified childminders with parents who are looking for childcare on a more flexible basis, than that offered by nurseries

Government boosts tax-free childcare scheme for parents of disabled children
The Government is doubling the amount of money that parents of disabled children can pay into their childcare scheme accounts, from £8,000 up to £16,000

Competition launch for new childcare website backed by Celebrity Mum of the Year
The Department for Education held a summit for digital companies and early years providers interested in developing a comprehensive childcare website or apps, which will help parents easily find what childcare options are available

Government reminds pregnant mums to avoid sheep during lambing season
The Government has put out a reminder to pregnant women to avoid close contact with sheep or other farm animals that are giving birth, because of the potential infection risk they pose to humans

Number of children living with both birth parents rises to 70 per cent
The number of children living with both birth parents has risen to 70 per cent

Immunisation experts recommend extending flu vaccination programme to all children
Immunisation experts have recommended that all children should receive the flu vaccine free of charge

Actor Colin Firth launches major appeal on behalf of Action for Stammering Children
Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth, who helped raise the profile of stammering and the impact it can have, in the film - The King's Speech, has launched a major appeal on behalf of Action for Stammering Children (ASC)

Smoking in cars with children will be illegal from October this year
From 1 October this year, people in cars with children will no longer be able to smoke

And Finally....
A fifth of children under five own their own tablet, according to new research

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