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Charities have reacted strongly to a report from a think-tank which suggests parents of young children should only receive child benefit if they enrol them in "quality pre-school education". Bright Blue, which describes itself as an independent think-tank and pressure group for liberal conservatism, said even if parents are caring…
The Government has suffered a defeat in the Lords over its plan to double the amount of free childcare for parents of three and four-year-olds. Labour and Liberal Democrat peers voted 222 to 209, majority 13, for the change not to come into force until a full analysis of funding…
The Care Inspectorate has today published its annual report on early learning and childcare provision in Scotland. The figures show how, where and to whom early learning and childcare is provided. The report looks at both childminders operating in their own home, and day care services including nurseries, playgroups, out…
Good childcare provision is more about quality than quantity, says Helen Barnard. The Conservative’s flagship policy to give all families 30 hours of free childcare a week offered a ray of hope to working parents struggling to balance high childcare costs. But yesterday, the National Association of Headteachers said that…
New laws doubling the amount of free childcare parents can get for three and four-year-olds could lead to many nurseries having to reduce the number of children they can take unless they receive further funding, a report has warned. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said that many of…
Childcare providers are being asked to come forward to be the first in the country to offer 30 hours of free childcare a week. The move to double the provision is being rolled out to parents in September 2016 - a year earlier than planned. As part of the Government's…
A nursery in Aberdeenshire has been told it must make urgent improvements or face the cancellation of its registration to operate. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal improvement notice on Links Nursery in Balmedie after an unannounced inspection raised significant concerns. The service has now been told it must…
School nurseries appear to have been "colonised by the middle classes" the education watchdog chief has said. Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has asked why so many parents have failed to engage with a scheme which gives free education for disadvantaged two-year-olds. Sir Michael (pictured) said almost half the…
People looking to work in childcare will be given more help to reach the high levels needed to give children the best start in life, Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah announced this week. Childcare apprentices will have to show they have a good level of English and maths by the end…
Every youngster up to the age of 12 should be entitled to up to 50 hours a week of free or subsidised childcare, an ambitious new report has suggested. The Commission for Childcare Reform has said while this could cost more than £1.8 billion, depending on uptake, the Scottish Government…
Around 20,000 two year olds are now eligible for funded early learning and childcare, parents and carers have been reminded to take up a place for their child. The entitlement to 600 hours of annual funded early learning and childcare has been extended to two year olds from low income…
The owner of a chain of children's nurseries who stole £950,000 from his employees - through money deducted from their salaries as tax and National Insurance - has been jailed for five and a half years. Michael Scott, 63, of Grovebury, Locks Heath, cheated more than 180 employees by deducting…
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