Welcome to the January 2016 issue of ChildCarer, the monthly e-newsletter compiled by childcare and early years research analyst Dan Weir.
Samantha, Jerry and Nick Beere
Government to Become Childcare's Biggest Customer
The government's 30 free hours policy which began in December continues to make its way through Parliament towards becoming law.
Prevent Duty Attracts Controversy
The PREVENT counter-extremism safeguarding duty came into force over the summer, but it has attracted increased attention in December, following the terrorist attack in Paris and heightened tensions over military action in Syria.
Childcare Policy Likely to be Central To Regional Elections
2016 will see elections to the Scottish Parliament as well as the Welsh and Northern Irish Assemblies.
Paediatric First Aid Training to Become Mandatory
In response to the tragic death in 2012 of nine-month old Millie Thompson, the government pledged to review the training requirements in early years settings.
Flooding Hits North of England
Torrential rain across the north of England has left thousands of premises literally underwater as flood defences failed in the wake of the almost unprecedented weather.
Supplementary Education Providers to Face Regulation
The government has outlined plans to register supplementary education providers as part of its counter-extremism drive.
New Early Years Registration Handbook Published
Coming into effect on 1st January 2016, the Early Years registration replaces the separate guidance previously issued to different providers, though it does not cover childminder agencies.
Commercial playgrounds step in as budget cuts hit local councils
With the privatisation of formally public land drawing criticism, particular area's of concern are children's play areas, which being expensive to maintain and are particularly under threat.
Scottish Policy Driving Childcare Trends
The Care Inspectorate's annual report on early learning and childcare provision in Scotland found that since 2010 the number of children registered and attending early learning and childcare services has steadily increased.
Mattel Play! to land in Liverpool
A new Â£1.5m family entertainment centre is coming to Liverpool in Spring 2016.
Messy Play, Forest Schools, Bespoke Products & More!
The Childcare Expo will bring the early years community together at Olympia London this March on the 4th & 5th.