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Following major legislative changes in Wales over the last five years, the Care Council for Wales (CCW) have announced they have updated three Early years and Childcare resources to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose. Recruiting Well, Inducting Well and Supervising/ Appraising Well - See more at: http://www.ccwales.org.uk/news/2016/07/26/early-years-and-childcare-exciting-new-developments/#sthash.TGIG9xOp.dpuf Employers are now being…
A nursery nurse has been struck off for calling a toddler a "terrorist" and a "bomber". Nikki Alexander lost her job at Busy Bees nursery in Edinburgh for a catalogue of racist and physical abuse, and swearing at children all under the age of two. The Scottish Social Services Council…
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…
The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) have issued a reminder to childcare or play providers in Wales that they must complete their Self Assessment of Service Statement (SASS). The regulator is writing to all providers to complete their SASS online from 11th July as this assists with inspections…
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…
Almost 200 specialists from across the North-East have gathered at Northumbria University to find out about the support it can offer practitioners on issues surrounding infant mental health. The UK’s first Infant Mental Health Awareness week is being held between Monday 6 and Friday 10 June to raise a greater…
Much evidence suggests that attachment relationships with a parent or carer are the foundation for a child’s experience of the world. This second edition briefing highlights emerging evidence on understanding and building attachment relationships pre-birth. It provides a fundamental grounding in attachment theory and different attachment behaviours, with a focus…
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…
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,…
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