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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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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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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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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