Concern over children’s care providers’ ‘debt-fuelled’ £215m profit

The six largest children’s social care providers in England made £215m in profit last year, as councils face mounting costs to support vulnerable children and families, a new report shows. The Local Government...

Disadvantaged children benefit most from formal childcare, study finds

Twenty hours a week of formal childcare is most beneficial for England’s most disadvantaged children but they are less likely to access high-quality provision, a study has found. Read the full article on...

Children with SEND ‘worst affected’ by school funding pressures

Research conducted by the inspectorate, at the request of the House of Commons public accounts select committee, found that 80 per cent of primary school head teachers and 72 per cent of secondary head...

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More children of working parents living in poverty

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s UK Poverty report for 2018/19 states that the number of children from working families but living in poverty has increased “dramatically” over the last 20 years. Last year, more than half (56 per cent) of people...

EYFS reforms ‘risk tick-box assessment approach’

In its response to the government’s EYFS consultation, which has now closed, the Early Years Alliance has voiced serious concerns that plans would see the existing early learning goals become a “series of bullet point statements”. This would risk...

Most children in the UK own a mobile by age seven

More than half (53%) of children in the UK own a mobile phone by the age of seven while a similar proportion (57%) say they sleep with their mobile device beside their bed, a new survey has revealed. And in a sign of just how dependent young people...

Wales to introduce smacking ban

Wales is the second country in the UK, after Scotland, to introduce the ban. It is expected to come into force in 2022 h by the Welsh assembly. The bill was supported by Labour and Plaid Cymru AMs and backed by organisations including the NSPCC...