Technical issues plague free childcare scheme

August 4, 2017 0 comments

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Parents have been struggling to take advantage of the forthcoming free childcare scheme because the programme’s website does not work properly. Starting in September, the government is set to give working parents access to 30 hours of free childcare per week for their three and four year-old children. The scheme was one of the pledges…

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Free childcare providers ‘losing money’

July 19, 2017 0 comments

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A majority of the nurseries participating in a pilot childcare scheme have reported a dip in profits. Parents of three and four year-old children in England will become entitled to 30 hours of free childcare from September, twice the current amount, with the extra time funded by the government. The amount of funding has been…

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Former actor appointed shadow childcare minister

July 5, 2017 1 comment

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The Labour Party has appointed a former Coronation Street actress to the role of shadow childcare minister. Tracey Brabin appeared on the iconic TV soap between 1994 and 1997 and went on to enjoy a successful career as a TV, film and theatre actress. She also became a scriptwriter for several other TV soaps. In…

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Women still do majority of the housework

June 17, 2017 1 comment

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Women still do the majority of the housework, according to newly published data. This is true despite the ever-increasing number of women who work full-time and those who are the breadwinners for their household. The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) analysed data from the2016 Census and found that, on average, women do around 14…

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More free childcare places available

June 16, 2017 0 comments

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Parents of young children in areas piloting the forthcoming increase in free childcare hours may benefit from a jump in the number of places available. Despite concerns over funding and availability, seven of the eight regions trialling the 30 hour provision due to be launched later this year have increased the total number of places…

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Unregistered providers should deliver free childcare says UKIP

May 31, 2017 1 comment

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Unregistered nurseries and other organisations should be allowed to deliver government-funded free childcare hours, UKIP has claimed. From September the parents of children under the age of five will become entitled to 30 hours of free childcare per week. But the scheme has been mired in controversy amidst claims that it is both underfunded and…

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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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