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New research from Loughborough University published today reveals that childcare costs are leaving working couples £2,600 a year short of a decent living standard. This year’s analysis of the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) for the UK highlights the impact the prohibitive cost of childcare has on parents’ ability to make…
New Cabinet Minister Andrea Leadsom has been branded "ignorant" after saying it would be sensible not to employ a man to look after children in case they are a paedophile. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said the remarks were so "stupid" that Prime Minister Theresa May should fire her. Mrs…
Healthcare professionals from around the world wanting to develop their career can benefit from two short courses launched by University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL). The courses titled ‘Child and Adolescent Mental Health’ and ‘Social Pedagogy: Providing Children and Young People with Nurturing Care and Education’ will be launched on…
Plans to offer pre-schoolers 30 free hours of childcare a week may be in jeopardy if not enough childminders and nurseries are willing to offer places, MPs have warned. Under a Government initiative due to be introduced next year, the current entitlement of three and four-year-olds to 15 hours of…
A shake-up of adoption rules has been unveiled to try and move more children more quickly from the care system into family life. The Children And Social Work Bill, unveiled in the Queen's Speech, is aimed at reducing delays in placing children with new adoptive parents. The new law is…
The Open University are to host a free seminar on Friday 3rd June looking at the latest research on men who care for children. 'Father figures: Research and practice with men who care for children' will take place at the Open University Walton Hall Campus in Milton Keynes and places…
Tens of thousands of ill-prepared primary school pupils lack social skills, have speech problems and poor personal hygiene, a national study has found. Almost one-third of new starters are not considered to be ready for the classroom, according to primary school leaders. The State of Education report, by schools leaders…
An Ofsted report which allegedly criticised a nursery for failing to teach children about cultural diversity has been withdrawn, the watchdog has said. Town and Country Kiddies Nursery in Chestnut House, Market Rasen, had reportedly received feedback that it was not providing enough opportunities for its children to "learn about…
Nursery leaders have warned of "catastrophic" staff shortages as a result of new government rules on qualifications for practitioners. From September, staff at early years childcare providers will only be able to take a Level 3 qualification in childcare if they hold at least a grade C in GCSE English…
Young women are cutting their pension contributions to cover the cost of childcare, risking poverty when they retire, a new report has warned. The Fawcett Society said women in their 20s and 30s were often relying on their partner for a secure retirement. Many were taking full responsibility for childcare…
Almost half of childcare providers fear they could be forced to close as a result of the 30-hour free entitlement offer, a survey has revealed. The online poll also found that 48% of providers felt they would have to reduce the number of places they offered to other age groups,…
Toddlers can be set back "decades" if their brains are not adequately stimulated before they start school, experts claim. The team of neuroscientists and charity workers called for more to be done to make the most of the "lightbulb" early years. Toddlers' brains form new connections at double the rate…
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