Early years settings urged to support MMR campaign

14 February 2022

Early years settings are being encouraged to support a new campaign, launched by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the NHS, that urges parents to ensure children are up to date with their routine childhood vaccinations.

Early years funding significantly less than expected

7 February 2022

The Department for Education (DfE) has clarified that the additional funding for early years entitlements over the next three years will be lower than the figures announced at the Autumn Budget in 2021.

Call to reform the use of phonics

28 January 2022

The current emphasis on synthetic phonics to teach reading is failing children, according to new research by UCL’s Institute of Education.

Early years staff absence remains high

27 January 2022

The Department for Education (DfE) has published the latest data on early years workforce absence, revealing that 13% of staff working in nurseries and childminder settings were absent from work due to Covid-19 on 12 January.

Nursery group fined over tragic choking death

24 January 2022

Nursery group Bright Horizons has been fined £800,000 by an Edinburgh court over the death of a ten-month-old boy who choked while he was left unsupervised for several minutes during a mealtime.

Prime Minister confirms return to Plan A

21 January 2022

Speaking in Parliament, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hailed the success of the booster campaign and the way the public have responded to his Government’s Plan B measures (see Government to stick with Plan B until at least 26 January).