Childcare and early years news

October 2018

Disappointing Budget ignores early years sector 

29 October 2018
Philip Hammond MP
The 2018 Autumn Budget was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond yesterday. Some of the points of the 2018 budget will have an adverse effect on nurseries. Read more  

Encourage your MSP to attend Scotland debate on early years provision

29 October 2018
Children with hands upA debate will be held on Early Years provision in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 31 October. NDNA Scotland research is quoted in the motion to be debated which will look at the levels of funding to deliver the Scottish Government’s 1140 hours of childcare policy by 2020. Read more  

Early years sector ‘systematically underfunded’ 

29 October 2018
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Ceeda have published new research that states providers are receiving less funding in 2018 than they were five years ago. Read more  

Government’s disappointing response to business rates petition  

25 October 2018
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HM Treasury have responded to the recent business rates petition set up by NDNA member Victoria Whitty calling on Government to scrap business rates for nurseries and make them zero VAT rated. Read more  

OECD finds educational disadvantage starts early

23 October 2018
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A new PISA report released by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has helped to highlight just how vital the right funding is in the early years to help minimise the impact of inequalities in later life. Read more  

NDNA joins forces to call for children to be at heart of spending  

23 October 2018
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NDNA are proud to have signed an open letter, along with over 120 other organisations, accusing the Government of ignoring children in its spending plans. Read more  

New EYFS results published 

18 October 2018
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New EYFS results have been published today revealing some progress but highlighting concerning issues within the early years. Read more  

Scottish Water testing quality in private nurseries

17 October 2018
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The Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland (DWQR) will be testing water samples in all private nurseries to ensure the levels of lead in the water are safe. Read more   

NDNA responds to claims that ELC rollout is ‘about to implode’

10 October 2018
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NDNA Scotland has responded to a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party press release [link] claiming the SNP’s childcare expansion is ‘about to implode’. Read more  

Disappointment at Minister’s response to nursery debate

10 October 2018
Nadhim Zahawi
The Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi told MPs that there was no evidence for widespread closures. Read more  

NDNA supports the launch of National Practitioner day 

09 October 2018
The Co-Operative Childcare staff
Nursery workers and practitioners are to be celebrated and thanked on 17 October as part of National Practitioner Day. Read more  

Reduction in SEND funding

05 October 2018
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New research released today by Early Education has revealed problems with SEND funding for maintained nursery schools. Read more  

Young children sent to nursery are better behaved

03 October 2018
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Recent research, led by Sorbonne University in France, has revealed that children sent to nursery are better behaved than those looked after by parents or grandparents. Read more