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The Welsh Government has unveiled new guidance for regulated childcare settings to help them ensure they provide the children they care for with healthy food and drink. The new guidance forms part of a range of Welsh Government initiatives that will contribute to preventing obesity in Wales, and help ensure…
Parents could face having to find hundreds of pounds upfront for childcare under the controversial Universal Credit scheme, according to a charity. Save the Children has warned there is a risk that the new benefits system will put mothers and father off taking up a new job, or push families…
Some batches of children's cough syrup which have the potential to grow mould have been recalled. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a precautionary recall for some own-brand children's blackcurrant cough syrup. It said that a problem with one of the ingredients in these medicines has been…
Cash-strapped nurseries are struggling with growing deficits following the introduction of the 30-hour free childcare policy, a survey has suggested. Under a Government scheme rolled out last autumn, three and four-year-olds in England with working parents are entitled to this amount of free care. But a report by the National…
Some parents do not appreciate the importance of early education and teaching young children life skills such as how to communicate or use the toilet, it has been suggested. Some mothers and fathers do not know how to impart these skills and need more support in doing so, according to…
One in four early years workers have considered leaving the profession due to stress and mental health issues, according to a poll. It suggests that many nursery workers and childminders are concerned about the balance between their job and home life, while others say they have suffered issues such as…
The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) has launched new learning resources to support early learning and childcare workers at a Scottish Government event in Glasgow. The free digital resources will support the workforce at a time of major expansion with recruitment of thousands of new workers to meet the Scottish…
A Welsh Government-funded project that gives people out of work the experience they need to start a career in the childcare sector has been praised by Children’s Minister Huw Irranca-Davies. The Minister visited the Li’l Angels Day Nursery, based in Shotton, Deeside to meet some of the people taking part…
A new website designed to encourage people to consider taking up a career in childcare in Scotland has been launched today. The website, developed the website in partnership with the Scottish Social Services Council, Skills Development Scotland, the Care Inspectorate and Smarter Scotland (Scottish Government), shows how someone can build…
Low numbers of men working in early years education may restrict children's access to positive male role models, head teachers are suggesting. Members of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) are expect to call for action to encourage more men to work in the sector at their annual conference…
Many nurseries and childminders are struggling with the cost of offering families 30 hours of free childcare a week, a poll suggests. Under a Government scheme rolled out last autumn, three and four-year-olds in England with working parents are entitled to this amount of free care. But a new small-scale…
Over 5,500 childminders across Scotland, and those entering the childcare sector, now have access to an accredited Work Based Award that recognises and values the unique form of childcare they provide, thanks to the launch of the Complete Childminding Learning Pathway. The Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) working with SQA have…
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