ChildCarer e-Newsletter from Morton Michel

May 2015 Articles

Tories pledge to double number of free early years childcare places
The Conservatives have promised to double the number of free early years places from 15 hours up to 30 hours a week, if they retain power in the General Election

Labour Party pledges to increase free childcare up to 25 hours a week
The Labour Party has promised to increase the free 15 hours of childcare up to 25 hours a week

Lib Dems pledge free childcare for nine month old babies
The Lib Dems have pledged to provide 15 hours a week of free childcare to all children of working parents aged between nine months and two years

SNP and Plaid Cymru spell out their childcare offers
The SNP has pledged to double the amount of free childcare available for three and four-year-olds in Scotland if the SNP wins the next Holyrood election

Election Shake Up - Childcare Expo
As the elections approach this May, the summer is looking to be a busy time of change for the early years sector as childcare issues are firmly becoming a hot topic in the voting frontline

Early Education wants next Government to focus on quality of early years provision
The charity, Early Education, is calling for the next Government to focus on ensuring early years providers are offering high quality early years education, rather than rush to expand the free childcare offer

Fatherhood Institute launches initiative to get more men into childcare
The Fatherhood Institute is working with London-based partners in the early years and youth sectors to increase recruitment of young men into the childcare profession

Nearly half a million children received food from a food bank in the past year
Over a million people used a Trussell Trust food bank in the last year, and just under half of these were children, according to the charity

Pregnant and breastfeeding women advised to avoid organic milk
Pregnant or breastfeeding women could be putting the health of their babies at risk by using organic or long-life UHT milk, according to new research

Parents to blame for obesity in young children
Parents tend to be to blame when children under five are obese, according to new research

Infant and Toddler Forum calls for better nutrition in pregnancy
The Infant and Toddler Forum (ITF) gave its backing to the National Obesity Summit in promoting the need to act now and give greater priority to nutrition guidance in preconception and pregnancy

Rise in children with rickets due to too much sunscreen lotion and playing video games
The Government's chief medical officer has asked the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to carry out a review exploring the cost effectiveness of offering vitamin supplements to all children under the age of four

Study reveals babies are more sensitive to pain than adults
Babies experience pain much like adults and in fact have a much lower pain threshold, according to a pioneering brain scanning study

And Finally....
Sheila Kitzinger who changed traditional ideas about giving birth, calling for women to be able to give birth in a way that felt right for them, has died at the age of 86

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