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New laws doubling the amount of free childcare parents can get for three and four-year-olds should be delayed until the Government can give more details on how the scheme will work and be paid for, Labour has said. Shadow education minister Baroness Jones of Whitchurch said there were "huge questions"…
The Government is undertaking a review of the costs of providing childcare in England. This call for evidence is part of that review and and is aimed at nurseries, primary schools, children centres, maintained nursery schools, independent nursery schools, childminders, private/voluntary providers of day care, childcare or early years organisations,…
The Scottish Government has announced it is to invest £1 million to develop the early years workforce following the publication an independent review. The 'Independent Review of the Scottish Early Learning and Childcare Workforce and Out of School Care Workforce' found that early years carers have the fewest qualifications and…
The childcare system faces "meltdown" unless Government plans to double free places available for working parents are fully funded, an educational charity has warned. Prime Minister David Cameron will today announce that working parents of three and four-year-olds in some parts of England will be entitled to 30 hours a…
A nursery in Stirling has been given top marks by inspectors for the second inspection in a row. Inspectors from the Care Inspectorate graded Arnprior Nursery as “excellent” across all areas inspected. In their most recent inspection inspectors noted: “The service holds an important place within the local community. It…
More than 1,000 centres to help parents with young children face being axed under a Conservative government, Labour has claimed. The Conservatives' "extreme" spending plans are set to lead to an average of 250 Sure Start centres a year being shut down over the next four years, according to the…
Plans to scrap free full-time nursery care for children aged three have been given the go ahead by Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) council. Under the new system, children aged three will now be offered free part-time nursery care but will not get full-time education until age four. The change to…
A former nursery manager has been found guilty of raping a three-year-old boy and sexually abusing a girl, at the High Court in Glasgow today. Mark Maclennan, aged 30 from Bath, was employed at a Lochaber nursery when he raped a three-year-old between August 2012 and May 2013. He was…
A nursery manager has gone on trial at the High Court in Glasgow accused of raping a toddler and sexually abusing two other children at a Lochaber nursery. Mark Maclennan, aged 30 from Bath, denies raping the boy between August 1, 2012 and May 23, 2013, when the child was…
A nursery in Perth has been given top marks by inspectors for the second inspection in a row. Inspectors from the Care Inspectorate graded Fairview School Nursery as “excellent” across all areas inspected. In their most recent inspection inspectors noted: “Staff were providing a caring, nurturing environment for children to…
An Aberdeen nursery has been told it must continue to make significant improvements after an inspection graded it “unsatisfactory” for the quality of care and support provided to children. The Care Inspectorate’s latest inspection of All Stars Nursery found that ten requirements for improvement made in an earlier inspection had…
More than 300,000 parents have not returned to work because of the UK's "ineffective" childcare policies, a new report has claimed. One in four unemployed mothers wanted to work, but childcare costs were stopping them, research by childcare search site Findababysitter.com found. Cost was the biggest concern, as well as…
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