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A former nursery worker has pleaded guilty to raping a child and inciting sexual activity with children. Jamie Chapman pleaded guilty to 22 sexual offences, including raping a teenage boy, at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday. The 28-year-old also pleaded guilty to nine counts of taking, making and distributing indecent…
Tens of thousands of young children attending nurseries could miss out on 30 free hours a week of childcare, industry leaders have said. More than a fifth of nurseries (22%) say they will not be, or are unlikely to take part in the Government scheme, which will see free childcare…
More than 9,000 childcare places are to be created as part of a £50 million boost for early learning. The money will fund capital grants in order to help nurseries, pre-schools and playgroups invest in new buildings and upgrade facilities. A further £5 million is to go to organisations helping…
Parents could face higher fees and extra charges for childcare as a result of Government plans to double the free hours available to pre-school children, it has been suggested. In addition, nurseries and childminders could put restrictions on the days and times when families can access their free entitlement, according…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has published the Children’s Services Workforce 2015 report which provides a more detailed breakdown of the workforce in children’s services than was previously available. The services examined in the report are day care of children, residential child care and school care accommodation. In the…
Parents can pre-register on Wednesday for the Government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme, which launches at the end of next month. The initiative will begin on April 28 for parents of children aged under two, and will then be rolled out over 2017 in a move ministers say will cut childcare costs…
Thousands of nursery workers are being paid below the National Living Wage even though their employers receive Government funding through childcare vouchers and subsidies for parents, a report claims. The Family and Childcare Trust said up to 20,000 staff in private and independent nurseries in England were not receiving the…
Around one in three parents do not know if their child is being taught by a qualified early years teacher, according to a poll. The majority of mothers and fathers would rather their youngster was taught by someone who specialises in early years education, while many think that ministers should…
The Government has named and shamed 360 businesses for underpaying thousands of workers a total of almost £1 million. The biggest ever list of offenders included employers in hairdressing, retail, hospitality and care homes. Excuses for underpaying workers included using tips to top up pay, docking wages to pay for…
Attending a nursery with highly qualified staff or an outstanding Ofsted rating has a limited benefit for children’s educational achievement, according to new research by lead authors at the University of Surrey. A report published today reveals that a child’s educational achievement at the end of their reception year is…
More than half of councils are unsure if they will have enough childcare available when plans to double the free hours available to pre-schoolers comes into force, a survey suggests. Under major reforms from this September, three and four-year-olds in England will be entitled to 30 free hours of care…
The state must stop it's so-called "nannying" of British parents and do away with universal free childcare, a new report has urged. Families most in need of help are not getting it because Government subsidies are poorly targeted, the Institute of Economic Affairs publication said. Many families on average earnings…
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