Early Learning and Childcare expansion programme

23 May, 2019
Categories: News

A new induction pack has been launched for people working in early learning and childcare (ELC). 

The pack – aimed primarily at new staff – will help them understand how to get funding for further qualifications, the legal requirements for working in childcare and where to get information and support throughout their career.  Full article


To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more. Word Health Organisation

25 April, 2019
Categories: News

Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Achieving health for all means doing what is best for health right from the beginning of people’s lives,” says WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Early childhood is a period of rapid development and a time when family lifestyle patterns can be adapted to boost health gains.”  Full article


Nurseries urged to let children play in the great outdoors

27 March, 2019
Categories: News

Children have a natural love of climbing trees, kicking leaves in the woods and jumping in puddles.

But the proliferation of smart devices such as mobile phones and Ipads, as well as parental worries over safety, have drastically reduced the time children spend playing in parks, forests and fields.  Full article


Study finds children’s screen time has replaced outdoor play

21 March, 2019
Categories: News

A report by the Association of Play Industries (API) reveals that children have never moved so little and points to substantial evidence that screens are a key reason. In fact, by the age of eight, the average child will have spent one full year sitting in front of a screen.  Full article