Review of 2011 Review of 2011

So what were the most important developments and reports in the childcare / education sectors in 2011? If you missed any, read on to find ou...

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1:48 AM

An Introduction to Child Protection Legislation in the UK An Introduction to Child Protection Legislation in the UK

I'm a couple of months behind with this one, but better late than never... In October the NSPCC published An Introduction to Child Prot...

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3:54 AM

On Your Marks On Your Marks

The Resolution Foundation has just published a new report entitled On Your Marks: Measuring the School Readiness of Children in Low-to-Mid...

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1:42 AM

Children's Centres & Needy Families Children's Centres & Needy Families

The NFER has just published Targeting Children's Centre Services on the Most Needy Families . This report explains how local authority ...

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2:25 AM

State of Children’s Rights in England 2011 State of Children’s Rights in England 2011

Today the Children's Rights Alliance for England has published its annual State of Children’s Rights in England report. This year's...

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2:05 AM

The Modern British Family The Modern British Family

The Centre for the Modern Family is a new think tank which aims to investigate what constitutes a 'family' in Britain today. Today s...

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6:04 AM

Redesign Redesign

Regular visitors will have noticed a different look to the site in recent days - I've made some changes to colour schemes, fonts and cho...

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8:21 AM

OnTheWeb OnTheWeb

After a gap of a few months, there's a welcome return for OnTheWeb service from the NFER . This is a monthly newsletter which rounds up...

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3:42 AM

Joyful Reading Joyful Reading

Reading has been on my mind a lot lately.  I was searching through research on how children learn to read and the best methods for teaching ...

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7:00 AM

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2011 Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2011

The 2011 edition of Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion has just been published. This is an annual report from the Joseph Rowntree Foun...

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4:52 AM

The Parent Trap The Parent Trap

Yesterday saw the publication of The Parent Trap: Illustrating the Growing Cost of Childcare . This report from the Social Market Foundation...

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5:48 AM

Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA) Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA)

Following several recent requests about obtaining official documents, today's post is a reminder about the Digital Education Resource Ar...

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2:50 AM

Ofsted Annual Report Ofsted Annual Report

The latest Ofsted annual report has been published today, and contains information on schools, children's centres, teacher education and...

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5:18 AM

Children Who are Read To Just Know More! Children Who are Read To Just Know More!

We were discussing in our reading class this week how research indicates that children who are read to on a regular basis simply know more w...

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12:57 PM

Sowing The Seeds Sowing The Seeds

Readers with an interest in outdoor learning may want to take notice of a new publication from Tim Gill. The report, entitled Sowing the See...

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5:13 AM

Safeguarding Children Across Services Safeguarding Children Across Services

Safeguarding Children Across Services: Messages from Research is a recent publication from the Department of Education. The report provides...

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3:32 AM

Anti-Bullying Week Anti-Bullying Week

Today is the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week , an annual event supported by various charities and other organisations to raise awareness of ...

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3:32 AM

Missing Out Missing Out

Today the Children's Society has published Missing Out: a Child Centred Analysis of Material Deprivation and Subjective Well-Being . Th...

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5:59 AM

Investing in High-Quality Early Childhood Education and Care Investing in High-Quality Early Childhood Education and Care

The OECD has just published Investing in High-Quality Early Childhood Education and Care . This is a briefing document which outlines the b...

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5:49 AM

Apps for Children Apps for Children

Today's post isn't really about new research, but there's an interesting article on the Guardian website which talks about the ...

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4:47 AM

Does When You Are Born Matter? Does When You Are Born Matter?

The issue of summer-born children is in the news again, with new research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which claims that chil...

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7:23 AM

It's All Bones It's All Bones

I was helping in my grandchildren's classrooms recently and was struck by the thought of how easily children will take control of their ...

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6:04 AM

National Adoption Week National Adoption Week

Today is the first day of National Adoption Week , which has been an annual event since 1997 and aims to raise the profile of adoption servi...

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2:47 AM

Nutbrown Review of Early Education and Childcare Qualifications Nutbrown Review of Early Education and Childcare Qualifications

Today sees the launch of the Department of Education's independent review of early education and childcare qualifications . The review i...

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6:10 AM

Foundation Years Foundation Years

The Foundation Years website has existed for a while for use by parents, but has now been revamped to offer plenty of information for profe...

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1:41 AM

Where Now for UK Parenting? Where Now for UK Parenting?

Today sees the beginning of Parents Week , an annual event run by the Family & Parenting Institute . To mark the occasion, the charity h...

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7:01 AM

CORE CORE

Not a post about a specific childcare resource today, but rather one about a general research tool which the site's users may find helpf...

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4:53 AM

Following up with my last blog post about the Common Core State Standards I have been interested in how the new standards constantly stress ...

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10:50 AM

Routledge Education Class of 2011 Routledge Education Class of 2011

It's special offer time again... Publishers Routledge are offering free full access to the most downloaded articles of the last year fro...

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6:31 AM

New from the Department of Education New from the Department of Education

A new batch of reports have just been released by the Department of Education. There are too many to list all of them here, but here's a...

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2:37 AM

Key Stage One Statistics Key Stage One Statistics

The Department of Education have just released the latest set of statistics on pupils achievement in Key Stage One assessments. The figures ...

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6:10 AM

Common Core Standards and Early Childhood Common Core Standards and Early Childhood

I was sitting in a meeting recently with a group educators and we were talking about the impact of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS...

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5:45 AM

Child Abuse and Neglect in the UK Today Child Abuse and Neglect in the UK Today

The NSPCC has just published a major new study into the prevalence of child abuse and neglect. The new report is the result of over 6000 in...

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1:32 AM

School Rules School Rules

A few slow news days so here's another retro educational film from the archives. This one is from 1953 and is entitled School Rules: How...

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4:52 AM

Education At A Glance 2011 Education At A Glance 2011

One for the number crunchers today - the OECD has just published Education At A Glance 2011 , its annual report comparing a mass of informat...

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3:35 AM

Children's Well-Being in the UK, Spain and Sweden Children's Well-Being in the UK, Spain and Sweden

A major new report from UNICEF has put the the issue of children's wellbeing in the UK under the microscope. It's not the first tim...

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1:42 AM

Getting Ready for Kindergarten Getting Ready for Kindergarten

I have spent many years working on helping children be prepared for kindergarten. I have always thought that it was imperative that pare...

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7:05 PM

Effective Relationships with Vulnerable Parents Effective Relationships with Vulnerable Parents

The Action for Children charity has published new research which examines how childcare professionals can develop effective relationships w...

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2:17 AM

Is it Legal? A Families' Guide to the Law Is it Legal? A Families' Guide to the Law

The Family and Parenting Institute has recently published the 4th edition of its booklet Is It Legal? A Families Guide to the Law . This co...

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8:25 AM

The Childcare Trap The Childcare Trap

Today the Daycare Trust publishes the results of a survey into childcare costs in the UK. Over 4000 parents were interviewed in spring this...

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2:17 AM

Good Practice in Autism Education Good Practice in Autism Education

Features that represent 'good practice' in autism education have been identified in new research published by the Autism Education T...

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3:19 AM

We Need Good People to  be Teachers We Need Good People to be Teachers

School began at the university again last week. It is difficult to believe that another school year has begun. I am teaching an "Intr...

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12:09 PM

Setting the Baseline: Reading Report Setting the Baseline: Reading Report

Yesterday saw the publication of Setting the Baseline , a new publication from the National Literacy Trust which reports on the findings of ...

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3:59 AM

Men Working in Childcare Men Working in Childcare

A common enquiry I get is for information about men working in childcare. Ironically, this morning's episode of Woman's Hour on Rad...

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8:13 AM

Parenting Parenting

A lot of debate concerning the UK riots over the past few days has focussed on the ages of those involved, and the fact that many of them ap...

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3:13 AM

The Hummingbird Knows The Hummingbird Knows

I have always been able to attract hummingbirds wherever I have lived. For many years, whether in the country, the suburbs or in the middl...

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9:10 AM

Free Play Articles Free Play Articles

Yesterday was Playday , an annual event which celebrates the right of children to play, and the role that it has in their development. To ma...

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5:42 AM

Parenting Matters: Early Years and Social Mobility Parenting Matters: Early Years and Social Mobility

A new report from the CentreForum think tank contains for promoting important parenting skills, through the use of a 'five a day' a...

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2:10 AM

Supporting Families in the Foundation Years Supporting Families in the Foundation Years

The Department for Education has recently set out its policy vision regarding the early years sector, in a major document entitled Supportin...

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7:57 AM

There's More Than One Answer There's More Than One Answer

While teaching a creativity workshop recently, the discussion turned to how important divergent thinking is to problem solving skills. Dive...

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4:49 PM

Unsure About Sure Start Unsure About Sure Start

Anyone with an interest in the children's sector should take the time to listen to the latest episode of the Analysis series on Radio 4...

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2:42 AM

Bumper Crop of New Research Bumper Crop of New Research

There have been several new reports in recent days which may interest visitors to this site, so without further ado: The Cabinet Office has ...

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8:27 AM

Sometimes It's Just a Slinky Sometimes It's Just a Slinky

A group of us were looking at new early childhood product possibilities recently and we saw this large, colorful slinky. Everyone was so exc...

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8:10 PM

One Million Reasons for Reform One Million Reasons for Reform

Similar to my last post , todays post also deals with a report looking at the Big Society agenda and children's services. One Million Re...

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6:14 AM

Children and the Big Society Children and the Big Society

A recent report from the Respublica thinktank examines the potential impact of the government's Big Society and localism agenda on the l...

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5:55 AM

Free Nursery Education Free Nursery Education

New figures from the Department of Education show that more than 86 per cent of all three- and four-year-olds who are entitled to free nurse...

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7:51 AM

Refugee Week Refugee Week

It's Refugee Week , which seems a fairly good excuse to look at resources from recent years which examine various aspects of the experie...

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1:58 AM

Childcare for Working Parents Childcare for Working Parents

Finding childcare outside of the typical working day is becoming a greater problem for working parents, according to a new report from the R...

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7:11 AM

Spotlight on Kinship Care Spotlight on Kinship Care

Children's charity Buttle UK has just published a report entitled Kinship Care , which investigates how many children are being brought...

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7:01 AM

Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

I ran a half-marathon yesterday and was suffering the last few miles. I had purchased running shoes which had been 'fitted by experts...

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12:28 PM

Poor Kids Poor Kids

A lot of the chatter on Twitter today among the various children's organisations revolves around Poor Kids , a documentary which was sho...

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1:33 AM

Technology in the Early Years Technology in the Early Years

A new study from the Open University claims that many nursery staff and parents are not allowing preschool children to engage with ICT, beli...

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1:36 AM

National Literacy Trust First Annual Survey National Literacy Trust First Annual Survey

The National Literacy Trust has just released the results of its first annual online survey, which was carried out during November / Decemb...

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7:19 AM

Early Childhood Standards Early Childhood Standards

I am currently working on a committee for my state to see how closely our preschool standards are aligned in preparing children for the Comm...

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1:50 PM

New DfE Research New DfE Research

The Department for Education tends to release a batch of research reports at the end of each month, and the latest ones have just been publ...

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2:14 AM

Childhood and Education on Twitter Childhood and Education on Twitter

I've recently set up a Twitter account, and so to the right hand side of this page you'll now see an area entitled 'Twitter Upda...

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6:17 AM

Foster Care Fortnight Foster Care Fortnight

Monday saw the beginning of Foster Care Fortnight , which seems as good an excuse as any to post some resources about fostering, as it's...

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2:28 AM

Excellence in English Excellence in English

A new report from Ofsted argues that creativity in the classroom allows for better teaching of English . The publication, entitled Excellenc...

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1:46 AM

A New Beginning A New Beginning

I just watched 23 of my student teachers graduate last week. Now they are actively interviewing for jobs as the local school districts are s...

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10:20 AM

Return of Teachers TV Return of Teachers TV

A couple of weeks ago (see previous post ) I mentioned that the Teachers TV website would no longer be available. Since then, two separate w...

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7:10 AM

How Quiet Helps at School How Quiet Helps at School

Regular readers of this site will know that while most of the posts on here deal with new reports and research, I occasionally try to introd...

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