Unusual outbreak sees cases of rare monkeypox infection in UK

23 May 2022

Mainly spread by wild animals in parts of west or central Africa, and first identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970, monkeypox has suddenly appeared in 14 countries with, for the first time, the virus being found in people with no clear connection to the usual countries of origin.

The cost of childcare in England

23 May 2022

The amount of money that working parents are having to pay for childcare has returned to the headlines as the cost of living crisis deepens, and the Government has agreed that it is an area it wants to address.

Early years development most affected by the pandemic

20 May 2022

Younger children’s development has been the most significantly affected by the pandemic and fewer are reaching the expected levels by the end of reception class, according to new research by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

Healthy food scheme for nurseries expanded to more areas

16 May 2022

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) and the charity Vitamin Angels UK are expanding the reach of their supplementary food scheme which delivers free weekly nutrient-dense foods to nurseries across the UK.

Campaigns launched against plans to relax childcare ratios

6 May 2022

The Chief Executive of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), June O’Sullivan, has written an open letter to Boris Johnson on why it is crucial for the Government not to relax the staff:child ratios in early years settings.

Ofsted publishes its five-year strategy

3 May 2022

Arguing that its work is more important than ever following the disruption and distress of the past two years, Ofsted has set out a strategy to continue its work to improve the lives of children and young people from 2022 to 2027.