Couple plan divorce for shared girlfriend’s benefit

April 28, 2017 1 comment

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A married couple in the United States are planning to divorce in order to give their shared girlfriend legal rights as a parent. Benno and Cristina Kaiser have been married for 12 years. They met while serving in the US Military Police Corps in Virginia and have since had three children. At some point in…

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Welsh parents blindsided by sudden nursery closure

April 26, 2017 0 comments

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Parents in South Wales were blindsided this week when a local nursery was suddenly closed. Over the weekend the owners of the building which housed the Treforest Day Nursery sent an email to parents to inform them the facility had been shut down. The Welsh childcare sector has been branded as the ‘most fragile’ in…

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‘Free childcare’: 50,000 could miss out

April 19, 2017 1 comment

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As many as 50,000 children could miss out on a place on the government’s upcoming free childcare scheme. From September parents of three and four year-olds will be eligible for 30 hours’ worth of childcare each week at no charge. The Department for Education estimates that around 390,000 children will qualify for a place on…

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Demand for 30-hour childcare pilot exceeds expectations

April 4, 2017 0 comments

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The number of parents who want to take advantage of a pilot scheme offering 30 hours of free childcare per week is higher than expected. The scheme is available to parents of three and four year-olds. The pilot is currently running in eight areas before a national roll-out which is expected to begin in September….

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Government ‘ignoring’ free childcare concerns

March 10, 2017 0 comments

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The head of a major nursery organisation has criticised Chancellor Philip Hammond for failing to mention concerns over government funding in yesterday’s budget. From September the parents of young children will become entitled to 30 hours of free childcare per week, but many ‘early years’ providers claim the funding on offer from the government will…

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Free childcare is ‘economic suicide’

March 8, 2017 0 comments

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Participating in the extended free childcare scheme later this year would be “economic suicide” a nursery owner has claimed. From September parents of preschool children will become entitled to 30 hours of government-funded childcare per week, twice the current entitlement. But many nurseries and daycare providers have complained that the hourly funding rates on offer…

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10,000 nurseries to drop out of free childcare scheme

February 27, 2017 0 comments

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Thousands nurseries and daycare providers have decided to drop out of the government’s free childcare scheme. No less 10,650 fewer such organisations plan to participate when the parents of young children become entitled to 30 hours free, government-funded childcare per week in September. Figures from the Department for Education suggest that approximately 44,250 nurseries, pre-schools…

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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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