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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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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Children in care missing out on early education

December 5, 2016 0 comments

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Children in care are missing out on early educational opportunities, a childcare charity has claimed. Take-up of free nursery and Kindergarten places for children in care aged two to four is almost 15 per cent lower than for other youngsters according to a new report jointly published by the Family and Childcare Trust and the…

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Exam requirements fuelling nursery staff recruitment crisis

November 30, 2016 1 comment

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Nursery staff should not need good GCSE grades in order to qualify, the National Day Nurseries Association has claimed. Daycare and nursery staff require a minimum of a grade C in English and Maths GCSEs in order to complete their professional training, but the ‘early years’ sector is suffering from a recruitment crisis and the…

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Children ‘develop faster with a working mother’

November 16, 2016 0 comments

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Children of working mothers develop faster than those whose mothers stay at home, a new study suggests. Children of mothers with full-time jobs have better social skills as a result of spending more time in nurseries or with grandparents, researchers from the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics (LSE) have claimed. This…

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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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