£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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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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City of York returns to childcare pilot

June 8, 2016 0 comments

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Nurseries in York have reversed an earlier decision to pull out of a free childcare pilot scheme. The majority of those scheduled to participate in the pilot announced last month that they wouldn’t be taking part because promised government for the additional hours would not cover their costs. Parents of three- and four year-olds will…

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York nurseries refuse free childcare pilot

May 6, 2016 0 comments

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A number of nurseries across the city of York have refused to take part in a free childcare pilot, claiming the payable rates do not cover their costs. The government is currently trialling an election manifesto pledge to double the amount of free childcare to which the parents of three and four year-olds are entitled,…

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Free childcare: two year-olds could lose out

March 4, 2016 0 comments

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Two year-old infants from disadvantaged families could lose out if the government’s free childcare scheme is not properly funded. If financially stretched nurseries could cut more expensive places for two year-olds in order to provide extra hours for three and four year-olds, the National Audit Office (NAO) has claimed. Due to be rolled out nationally…

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