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As many as 1,000 Sure Start children's centres around the country may have closed since 2009, analysis by an educational charity has suggested. The national database recorded a 14% drop in centre numbers from 3,632 in August 2009 to 3,123 in October 2017, but this "may understate the true figure",…
The cost of childcare has risen by as much as 47% across England since the Tories came to power, according to new analysis by Labour. The party's figures suggest the costs of nurseries and childminders have grown at double or even triple the rate of wages. Shadow education secretary Angela…
Ministers have confirmed that a system of childcare vouchers will be extended for six months before closing in October. Elizabeth Truss said the move would allow the Government to monitor the introduction of tax-free childcare. Labour accused the Government of sneaking out the date for the scheme's closure and called…
Funding figures put out by the Government regarding its flagship free childcare policy are "misleading and out of date", the Commons Treasury Committee has said. MPs called for more money to be paid to childcare providers involved in the free 30 hours per week scheme for three and four-year-olds because…
There may be concerns about its effect on the environment, but a poll suggests glitter will still be adorning children's artwork for some time yet. Almost eight in 10 (78%) nursery workers said they would not like to see their own nursery ban the substance. The poll, by reviews website…
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to investigate the "totally unacceptable" claim that nurses' wages were downgraded to pay off PFI bills. Whipps Cross Hospital in east London is said to have suppressed staff pay in order to make high-interest payments on previously agreed PFI deals. Local Labour MP Stella Creasy…
Scotland’s childcare minister was unable to tell MSPs how many people are currently working in the industry. Maree Todd said that while up to 3,000 new staff have been taken on as part of work to expand the amount of free childcare to which youngsters are entitled to 1,140 hours…
Ministers have announced a six-month delay on plans to end a system of childcare vouchers after representations by the DUP. Education Secretary Damian Hinds made the concession at the end of a Commons debate called by Labour, after a question from DUP MP Emma Little-Pengelly. Employer-backed childcare vouchers are being…
The Scottish government has given an organisation more than £860,000 to increase outdoor learning for nursery children. Announcing the £862,550 for Inspiring Scotland, Childcare and Early Years Minister Maree Todd (pictured) said she hoped learning outdoors becomes “a defining feature of childhood in Scotland”. Inspiring Scotland outlined plans to use…
Mothers of young children are losing out on over a billion pounds in earnings each year, according to a charity. Save the Children warned that mothers are missing out on millions daily due to "a childcare system that feels stacked against them". The charity used available government figures to look…
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has highlighted a need for the nation’s Early Learning and Childcare sector to attract a more diverse workforce to create an additional 11,000 jobs by 2020 to meet expected demand. SDS has worked with partners to create new national Early Learning and Childcare Skills Investment Plan…
Recruiting more men and ethnic minority staff could help the childcare sector find the 11,000 new workers it needs to fulfil a flagship Scottish Government pledge to double the hours of free care. Ministers have committed to increasing the amount of funded childcare for eligible two-year-olds as well as all…
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