Early Childhood Education

30 Hours Of Free Childcare - Unless You Have A Child Like Mine

Ann Hickman | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Parents
Ann Hickman

everybody banner But in the three years between Anthony accessing his 15 hours of free childcare and it being David's turn, local budgets had been cut for special educational needs in early years and the number of children needing this support had increased significantly. The council simply didn't have enough money to offer 15 hours of extra support to kids with special needs so they could get help during their 15 hours in pre-school.

Why Playdates Are Perfect For Education As Well As Fun

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Parents

Arranging regular playdates for your children is one of the best ways you can help them make an easy, confident transition to school reception class w...

Free Childcare? Check The Smallprint

Tracy Brabin | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Politics
Tracy Brabin

This September, working parents who earn less than £100,000 per year each will be eligible for 30 hours free childcare for three and four year olds - double the 15 hours they are currently entitled to.

Creative Play: The Magic Of Make-Believe

Debbie Hulme | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Debbie Hulme

We all know that children have amazing imaginations, often surprising us with their ability to create and explore make-believe worlds. This isn't just a joy to watch, it's also a vital part of their cognitive development.

Parents' Guide To The General Election: What All The Manifestos Say About Children

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Parents

With the general election looming on Thursday 8 June we’ve been bombarded with political information over the last few weeks. It can be hard to make...

Why Children Are So Captivated By Play

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Parents

Playing is what children do naturally - and what we should encourage them to do at every opportunity. “Children have an innate need to play; it’s ...

'Ordinary Working Families' Targeted In Greening's Grammar Schools Plan

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Education secretary Justine Greening wants new grammar schools to work for everyone, including children from “ordinary working families”. In a sp...

Fake News Is Finding Its Way Into Students' School Work, Teachers Warn

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Pupils are including fake news in their school work as they struggle to distinguish what is “real” on the internet, teachers have warned. More th...

MPs' Children Cared For In Creches Just Yards From One Of The UK's Most Polluted Roads

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Politics

Children of MPs are being cared for within yards of some of the most polluted roads in the country, new analysis of the UK’s air quality has discove...

Sure Start Children's Centres Cut By A Third Under Tories, Labour Claims

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Politics

The Conservatives are responsible for a collapse in the number Sure Start children’s centres since 2010, Labour has said. According to figures obtai...

Parents Must 'Dare To Imagine' Their Daughters In STEM Careers

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Tech

For 50 years, the Smallpeice Trust has been working to get more humans of both genders into STEM. Its methods, attitude and objectives have all evolve...

10 Things I Realised When I Became a Parent

Ali Russell | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Ali Russell

Before the children moved in, lots of parents we know told us that nothing prepares you for parenting. If I'm honest, I listened and nodded but felt slightly smug because I've worked with children for 10 years, so surely that would have prepared me.

Funding Cuts To Put Five Million School Kids 'At Risk' As Councils Can't Afford To Protect Them

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

School funding cuts will put almost five million children at risk, with councils unable to perform criminal record checks on staff and manage the risk...

The 8 Types Of Teachers You Meet At Parents’ Evening

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Parents

Parents’ evenings are weird. On one side of the table you have the parents, keen to seem clued-up and supportive but a teeny bit stressed, possibly ...

Schools Face 'GCSE Crisis' As Just One In Ten Students Pass Maths And English Resits

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Nine in ten pupils who fail GCSE maths and English aged 16 will still not have passed three years on, despite rules that they must resit the exams. A...

Oxford University Launches Innovative Scheme Targeting Working Class White Boys

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Oxford University is launching a summer school aimed at white British boys in an attempt to increase its number of working class students. The pilot ...

This Is What Compulsory Relationship Education Will Mean For Primary Schools

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Parents

Sex and relationships education has now been made compulsory in all schools in England, education secretary Justine Greening announced today (Wednesda...

Sex And Relationships Education Becomes Compulsory For All In Huge Curriculum Shake Up

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Sex and relationships education is to become compulsory for all school children in England, the education secretary announced on Wednesday. In a much...

Children As Young As Four Could Be About To Get Compulsory Sex Ed Lessons

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Ministers are set to announce compulsory sex and relationships education for children as young as four, according to reports. It is believed that aft...

Olly Alexander Says His Sex Ed Was So Bad, He Had 'No Idea How Gay People Had Sex'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander says his sex education at school was so bad, he had “no idea how gay people had sex”. “I didn’t underst...

Some Toys Are Better Than Others - Some Toys Have A Soul

Alice Wilde | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Alice Wilde

The toys that are so fixed, so finished, that every plastic gesture is forever frozen can never be anything else. They can't be transferred. A motorbike in miniature detail can't be a skier, or a truck, a buggy, a stone, a King Wasp or a cake - it can only be a motorbike. Non-transferable and a touch cold because of it.

Hundreds Of Women Share Dreadful Experiences Of Sex Education At School

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Hundreds of women have taken to social media to share their dire experiences of sex education using the hashtag #sexpectations. With Twitter users of...

Hundreds Of Students Make An MP Their Valentine To Demand Better LGBT Sex Education

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Hundreds of MPs have woken up this morning to Valentine’s Day cards from LGBT students demanding compulsory sex and relationships education in schoo...

Tory MPs Back Compulsory Sex And Relationships Education For Teens

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Thousands of teenagers in schools across the country could be set to receive compulsory sex and relationships education after a group of Tory MPs back...

Teachers Wear Bodycams Used By Police To Combat Unruly Student Behaviour

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education

“Fed up” teachers are reportedly using bodycams, as worn by police, in an attempt to combat unruly pupil behaviour. Crime justice researcher Tom ...