£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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Nursery worker initiative due later this year

July 19, 2016 1 comment

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Government plans to increase the recruitment of nursery and daycare staff will be launched alongside a free childcare pilot scheme later this year. The number of free childcare hours available to the parents of pre-schoolers will be doubled next year with a trial in selected areas set to begin in September. During a recent debate…

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Male childcarers ‘may pose a risk’ says government minister

July 17, 2016 2 comments

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Former Conservative leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom suggested in recently published comments that male childcarers could be paedophiles. Speaking to The Times during her abortive leadership bid last week, the MP for South Northamptonshire discussed the problems faced by working parents in need of childcare. Leadsom, who was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and…

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Free childcare reassurance sought after referendum

June 29, 2016 0 comments

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Nursery organisations have asked the government for reassurance that it will still go ahead with an increase in free childcare provision despite last Thursday’s referendum result. Under current plans, parents of three- and four-year olds will become entitled to 30 hours of free childcare per week  from next year, double the current amount. A pilot scheme…

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Nurseries may drop out of free childcare expansion

June 17, 2016 1 comment

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Government plans to offer 30 hours of free childcare to the parents of three- and four-year olds may be derailed by a lack of participation, MPs have claimed. The manifesto pledge will double the parents’ current entitlement, from 15 to 30 hours per week. It should be available to everyone eligible by September next year….

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