Welcome to the July 2016 issue of ChildCarer, the monthly e-newsletter compiled by childcare and early years research analyst Dan Weir.
Samantha, Jerry and Nick Beere
UK Votes for Brexit
On Thursday 23rd June, across the UK millions of people cast their ballots in what may prove to be the vote of their lifetimes.
What Now for 30 Hours?
With political events moving fast, it seems rather a long time since it was business as usual, but the machinery of government is still turning and work to deliver the flagship 30 free hours policy continues.
Grades are Up but Childminder Numbers Still Falling
Ofsted have released their latest statistics for the childcare sector, with confirmation that the proportion of providers achieving a good or outstanding rating has reached the highest ever.
Millie’s Mark Launched
On 1st July the NDNA launched the Millie's Mark standard, a new certification administered by the charity, which will denote nurseries where 100% of the staff hold paediatric first aid qualifications as well as having well-deployed first aid processes.
Childcare Expo set to go wild in Midlands
Following on from the success of the launch of the first Childcare Expo in Manchester, sights are set on the return to the Ricoh Arena at the end of September.
Minister Reminds Childcarers of Key Early-Years Responsibility
Public health minister Jane Ellison MP has told childminders and other early-years practitioners that they have a key role to play in ensuring a healthy start for children and helping government improve life chances.
Change of Government by the Autumn
It’s just over a year since the last general election and already a change of government is on the cards.
Brexit Throws Labour Party into Leadership Crisis
With Cameron’s resignation and the drama of Boris and Gove, you might have thought the Labour Party would be rubbing its hands with glee, taking delight in hammering the government.
Racist Attacks Rise
In a worrying development, reports on social media suggest that there has been a marked increase in instances of racial and xenophobic abuse since the declaration of the EU referendum result.
Four Year Strategy to Tackle Inactivity
Sport England will spend £250 million over the next four years to combat inactivity nationwide with dedicated funding to get children and young people active from the age of five, including a new fund for family-based activities.