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Dirty hospitals are serving out-of-date food to patients, an investigation has found. Meals are being prepared in mouldy kitchens, putting vulnerable patients at "high risk" of food poisoning, while others have unclean worktops, food trolleys and sinks. The Press Association analysis of food hygiene reports obtained under the Freedom of…
More than a quarter of a million young children are at risk of falling behind by the age of five because of a severe shortage of qualified nursery teachers, a charity has warned. Youngsters who do not have access to highly qualified staff are almost 10% less likely than their…
An after-school group in Dumfries has been told it must make swift improvements to the care provided to children. The Care Inspectorate has issued a formal improvement notice to Lincluden After School Group, which lays out the areas which must improve. The notice explained that the service must ensure that…
Talks have taken place between Scottish Government ministers and council chiefs after a review of childcare funding revealed an apparent £140 million underspend by local authorities. Over the period 2014-15 to 2016-17, the Scottish Government has provided councils with £329 million of additional cash to fund the increase in the…
A University of South Wales (USW) course has been recognised as a leader in the field of early years education and practice. The Care Council for Wales (CCW) has recommended that USW’s BA Early Years Education and Practice (with Early Years Practitioner status) degree programme should be placed on the…
Hundreds of nursery schools could be forced to close if the Government goes ahead with plans to offer parents 30 hours of free childcare, a teaching union has warned. Pre-schools in England would "cease to be financially viable" after the planned two years of financial support from the taxpayer ends,…
Councils should be legally compelled to provide flexible childcare, according to Scottish Labour. The Scottish Government provides 600 hours of free childcare but councils are under no statutory duty to meet parent demand, Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said. She will outline proposals for a legal guarantee of flexible childcare for…
School nurses are spending so much time on paperwork that children who are being abused or neglected could be missed, the Children's Commissioner for England has said. Anne Longfield warned that school nurses are increasingly becoming less accessible to children and young people due to heavy caseloads, with many spending…
Children as young as three are showing signs of being unhappy with their appearance and bodies, a survey of childcare professionals has suggested. Almost a third of nursery and school staff said they had heard a child label themselves fat while 10% said they had heard a child say they…
The number of nurseries going bust has almost doubled in the past year because of the "soaring costs" of childcare, according to a leading accountancy firm. The national living wage, high staff-to-child ratios and Government administration costs were cited as factors in 29 nurseries becoming insolvent in England and Wales…
Childcare provision in most parts of Scotland remains unsuitable for working parents, according to a parent-led campaign group. A survey of local authorities by the Fair Funding for our Kids group has indicated some parents are still struggling to access their full free childcare entitlement. The Scottish Government increased the…
Perth & Kinross Council's Early Education and Childcare Strategy Team have announced details of their 'Introduction to Becoming a Childminder' sessions for people considering childminding as a career option, and Pre-registration Training courses, both of which are free to attend. The sessions provide a relaxed opportunity not only to find…