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New measures announced today follow an independent report by Reg Bailey, Chief Executive of Mother’s Union

The most significant cause of delay for children needing adoption in England is the length of time taken by court proceedings, a report by Ofsted says

An Ofsted report launched today looking at art, craft and design education in schools and colleges has found that after getting off to a confident early start, pupils’ progress slowed during primary school and was no better than satisfactory at the start of secondary school


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Professor Cathy Nutbrown today published an interim report which explores how to help people working in the early years to improve their skills, knowledge and development


The After care report published by the Children’s Rights Director Roger Morgan looked at views from 308 care leavers both who had recently left care and those still in care but preparing to leave


New figures compiled by Daycare Trust show above-inflation increases in the price of nursery care in Britain with the hourly rate for a child aged under-two up 5.8%. The increase for a child aged two and over is 3.9%. In the same period wages have remained stagnant, only increasing by 0.3%


More than one in four UK youngsters are growing up in families facing multiple challenges such as parental depression and financial hardship that can have a damaging effect on children's development, new research suggests


A high take-up nationally of education for three- and four-year-olds has been sustained, but there are wide variations in both take-up and access to high quality provision depending on where children live, according to a report published today by the National Audit Office


Focusing on the child’s journey and experience and looking at what makes the most difference in improving children’s lives, Ofsted is to introduce no notice inspection for child protection services. The new child protection framework, published today, will come into effect in May


Nurseries, childminders and other providers of early years services now have extra support on providing healthy meals for young children and to help reduce obesity in under-fives, thanks to new national, voluntary guidelines launched today


The Children's Society is calling for a radical new approach to childhood as the charity's landmark research identifies the keys to children's happiness


Ofsted is consulting on changes to the way it registers and inspects early years providers, including nurseries and childminders, following the recent review of the Early Years Foundation Stage


New statistics out today to mark the start of Barnardo’s Fostering and Adoption Week suggest that urgent attention needs to be paid to the care of older vulnerable children


A new report on behalf of the Literacy Trust reveals that the number of children who do not own a book is increasing. Seven years ago 1 child in 10 did not have a book of their own while today the figure stands at a startling 1 child in 3


The impact of growing childcare costs and reduced public support means that low income families in 2015 will have to find over 60% more of their own cash for childcare compared with 2006, new research published today by the Social Market Foundation finds


New research from the University of Bristol has found that nearly a quarter of mothers’ first-time visits to a group were so off-putting that they did not return to that group. One in five mothers then became afraid of attending any group


The four UK Children's Commissioners will today call for an urgent reassessment of the impact of the Coalition Government's Spending Review on the needs of vulnerable children


Free early education will be extended to 140,000 disadvantaged two-year- olds, and parents will be able to access the free entitlement more flexibly, under plans published by the Government today


After a long period of decline, the number of childcare providers in England has now risen steadily since September last year. Prior to this numbers had fallen each quarter since the end of 2008


Today, Ofsted publishes two reports which highlight the vulnerability of teenagers in the child protection system. One describes the success that some local authorities have had in improving outcomes for these young people, by supporting them to remain living successfully at home rather than bringing them into care. The other highlights key practice issues in the protection of young people as well as babies under one, who remain one of most vulnerable groups of all


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