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Concern over nursery staff skills

A report into nursery staff skills has raised questions about literacy and numeracy skills amongst carers.

The Nutbrown Review pointed out it was a "potential weakness" that staff did not need qualifications in Maths or English to complete their training, with concerns also expressed about whether students are equipped to work with children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Children's Minister Sarah Teather said the report recognised the "passion and professionalism of those working with our youngest children" and that it was vital there was a "workforce with the right knowledge and skills".


Govt launches early education consultation

140,000 disadvantaged two-year-olds will be entitled to free early education as part of new Government proposal. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Children's Minister Sarah Teather have set out plans to offer 15 hours a week of free education to two-year-olds as part of the Government's commitment in 2010 to widen access to free early years education by 2013.

Sarah Teather said the Government's priority was "to increase social mobility by helping children from the poorest backgrounds in their earliest years".


The Department for Education has produced a report that concludes children from disadvantaged backgrounds will be hit hardest by the government's plans to scrap Labour's Building Schools for the Future programme.


Cameron plans clampdown on sexualised advertising

David Cameron plans action to dissuade companies from using sexualised advertising and "pester power" to sell goods to children.

In a letter seen by the Daily Telegraph, it is said that the Prime Minister plans to meet with retailers and advertisers to "put a spotlight" on their possible conduct.

The children's minister Sarah Teather said that companies need to "demonstrate the real difference they are making for families".


UK children 'trapped in a materialistic culture'

Children in the UK feel "trapped in a materialistic culture" and want more time with their families, according to a new Unicef report. UNICEF UK’s Executive Director David Bull said "the Government needs to show strong leadership by taking decisive action to help families fight back against the materialism and inequality that is so pervasive in the UK.

In response, Children's Minister Sarah Teather said the Government shared "UNICEF's concerns about the rise of consumerism among children". She said they were working to implement recommendations from the Bailey review on commercialisation and sexualisation of children.


Ministers meet over big freeze

Transport secretary Philip Hammond has said a four day extension to daily driving limits for haulage firms is to come into force to tackle the backlog of supplies caused by snow and ice across Britain. Government ministers had previously met over the handling of extreme weather.


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