Free childcare increase ‘is price fixing’

February 22, 2017 0 comments

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A group of childcare professionals have claimed that government plans to offer 30 hours of free childcare per week from September constitute price fixing and an abuse of the market. Members of a campaign group called Champagne Nurseries on Lemonade Funding have written to the Competition and Markets Authority on the issue, in funding for …

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Councils worry about expanded childcare places

February 8, 2017 0 comments

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More than half of local authorities are concerned they may not be able to cope with the demand for expanded childcare services. Starting in September three and four year-old children will be entitled to as many as 30 hours of childcare per week free of charge, double the current level of 15 hours. However, councils…

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Families spend third of income on childcare

February 7, 2017 1 comment

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Many families now spend as much as a third of their income on childcare, a new report suggests. In a newly published document, free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has claimed that the government’s free childcare policy has done more harm than good. The IEA’s report states that the government has…

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Government ‘grossly underestimating demand for free childcare’

January 23, 2017 0 comments

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The Government may have underestimated demand for its free childcare scheme by as many as 100,000 places new research suggests. From September, parents of all three- and four year-old children will be entitled to 30 hours of free childcare per week, double the current allowance. Government estimates suggestion around 390,000 children will be eligible, but…

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£50 million in new funding for childcare

January 11, 2017 0 comments

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£50 million in new childcare funding has been announced by Education Secretary Justine Greening. The newly unveiled money will be made available via grants to ‘early years’ care providers such as nurseries and pre-schools, for use upgrading their buildings and facilities in advance of the imminent increase in the amount of free childcare available to…

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Surge in children’s centre closures

December 9, 2016 0 comments

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The number of children’s centres closing nearly doubled in 2015, official figures reveal. Closures have increased every year since 2011. Twelve centres shut down that year, 27 followed in 2012 and 33 closed in 2013. The following year, this number jumped to 85 and last year 156 centres closed their doors permanently. The centres were…

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Government promises are ‘not enough’ for single parents

November 25, 2016 15 comments

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The promises made by the government in this week’s Autumn Statement are not enough to help struggling families, a charity has claimed. Single parent organisation Gingerbread has said that Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond “missed a crucial opportunity” to help single parent families. Measures announced during the Statement included an increase in the national…

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Parents spend less time on childcare

November 11, 2016 0 comments

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British parents are spending less time on childcare than they did 15 years ago, new figures suggest. Parents spent an average of one hour and 27 minutes each day on childcare in 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This represents a drop of nearly six per cent from 2000, when the average…

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Parents of disabled children at ‘breaking point’

August 26, 2016 1 comment

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A lack of support during the summer holiday has pushed parents of children with learning disabilities to “breaking point”, a charity has claimed. In a survey of more than 300 parents, 80 per cent claimed they struggled to access support services such as respite care during this time. Respite care allows someone outside the family…

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Parents miss out on free childcare

August 16, 2016 0 comments

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Parents are struggling to access the free childcare promised by the Scottish government. In 2014, the government voted to extend the number of hours available for childcare services for three to five year-olds. Previously, parents of such children were eligible to claim 475 hours per year to be paid for but this was increased to…

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