Government to spend £100 million on childcare places

April 12, 2017 0 comments

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A government fund to help to nurseries and similar organisations upgrade their facilities will be doubled to £100 million, the Department for Education has announced. In January the Department for Education announced that £50 million which would be made available to organisations providing early years education, such as playgroups, daycare centres and nurseries, to upgrade…

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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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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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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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