Childcare news for parents
Here you will find the latest national and local news on childcare issues and family-related articles.
Wednesday 8 September
Parents will be pleased to hear the new Moorways Sports Village will have two soft play areas! Opening next spring, there will be a smaller area and a larger soft play installation.
Wednesday 8 September
The government and the NHS have produced some helpful leaflets to support parents and carers with their children returning to school and other education settings.
- Taking your child to an early years setting: information for parents
- Taking your child to primary school: what you need to know
- Supporting students at secondary school or college: what you need to know
Monday 16 August
Early years consultant and expert, Laura Henry-Allain MBE, has written a new book called ‘My Skin, Your Skin’. Soon to be published on 14 October, it is a powerful book to help children and adults have meaningful discussions about race and anti-racism. Most importantly, the book empowers children to be the best versions of themselves; to have self-love, self-esteem and self-worth, irrespective of their skin colour. Ms Henry-Allain is also the creator of the children’s books JoJo and Gran Gran, which have been turned into a CBeebies TV series. Read more on the Nursery World website.
Thursday 15 July
A poll has highlighted issues with many working mothers not having enough childcare. More information on the childcare survey is available on the Guardian's website.
Friday 9 July
Millions of children did not receive any language tuition during lockdowns in England, the British Council has said. The council’s annual survey of English primary and secondary schools found that more than half of primary school pupils and 40% of those at secondaries did not do any language learning during the first national lockdown. And in January and February’s lockdown, 20% of all pupils had no language education. This will inevitably affect take-up at GCSE and A-level. The report shows that the government will fail to meet its target of three-quarters of pupils taking a modern language GCSE by 2022, if current trends continue. The government wants 75% of pupils to take a modern language GCSE by 2022 and 90% by 2025, as part of its English baccalaureate. Read more in The Guardian.
Thursday 8 July
BBC’s Newsnight shared their investigation into why the UK’s infant mortality rate is so high. In the UK, we lose more under 5s than all but one Western European country despite having the continent’s second largest economy. Deborah Cohen, Health Correspondent speaks to Professor Karen Luyt, a neonatologist at Bristol University, who carried out the research. Professor Luyt advised that the relative risk of increased mortality was 10% for each increasing decile of deprivation. She said that 23% of deaths are avoidable if we can eliminate social deprivation (around 700 deaths per year). Cohen begins by looking at how smoking impacts some of the UK's youngest children and investigates whether as a society we're doing enough to bring those numbers down.
Wednesday 7 July
The council and Safe and Sound, the Derbyshire charity working with children, young people, and families affected by child exploitation, launched a new Space Places Derby campaign. The joint initiative aims to identify businesses and venues in Derby that can become a ‘Safe Place’ for children and young people, giving them somewhere to go if they feel they are at risk of harm within their community.
Tuesday 6 July
The Peanut app aims to make sure no one has to navigate womanhood alone, especially the hard parts. The app gives you access to a social network to connect with other women across fertility and motherhood. It aims to make it easy to meet, chat and learn from like-minded women.
Monday 5 July
If you love children and want to help give them the best start in life, being a registered childminder could be the ideal job for you. On becoming a childminder, your career progression is very inviting. With experience, you could expand your business and take on a childcare assistant. You could also become a network coordinator, supporting other local childminders. With further training, you could become a tutor on childminding courses. You could also move into a related job like nursery worker, playworker, community play leader or teaching assistant. View more information on becoming a childcare provider. Alternatively call Judith for a chat on 01332 640758 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 July 2021
Almost nine in 10 parents in England say they favour giving their children a Covid vaccine if they are offered it, according to a national survey released by the Office for National Statistics. The survey of more than 4,400 parents with children under 16 and attending school found 88% said they would definitely or probably agree to vaccinate their child, with just 12% saying they would not favour vaccination. The survey was conducted in April and May, before the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was given approval by the UK medicines regulator for children aged 12 to 15 at the start of June. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is expected to advise the government later this summer on whether to allow children over 12 to be vaccinated. Read more about the Covid vacccine on the Guardian website.