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Thousands of single parents in London are being "locked out" of work because of the high cost of childcare, a new study has revealed. Charity Gingerbread said its research also showed that half of single parents in the capital are forced to borrow money to pay to have their children…
Every nursery in the country should have a qualified teacher to help children develop key skills like speech and language, a leading charity has said. Thousands of youngsters are struggling to keep up with their peers as parents are unaware of the importance of pre-school development, Save The Children warned.…
The University of Stirling Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection, focused on improving the lives of children by turning research into action, has formally launched. The new research hub brings together experts from across the University, including staff and students from social work, education and health, who are carrying out…
Daycare services which encourage outdoor play are delivering better outcomes for children, the Care Inspectorate has said.The findings were revealed as Scotland’s Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell, helped launch a new Care Inspectorate resource which aims to support all daycare services across the country deliver more outdoor…
The Scottish Government have announced a new qualification for residential child care workers The Standard for Residential Child Care is the new benchmark which will underpin the development and delivery of Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 9 qualifications for the residential child care workforce. The Scottish Social Services…
Councils have "generally succeeded" in providing increased levels of free childcare, but rates of take-up vary considerably among local authorities, a report has found. The Care Inspectorate said the variations may reflect the amount of flexibility and choice being offered to parents, with a "mismatch" between what is being offered…
The Government's social mobility tsar has warned that childcare funding is a "mess" after a poll found around a fifth of parents have no idea what support is on offer. Former cabinet minister Alan Milburn (pictured) said the £6 billion a year pledged in public funding by 2020 should be…
Fewer than half of nurseries are likely to extend free childcare places for pre-schoolers to 30 hours a week, amid major concerns about funding, research suggests. Under Government plans, free childcare and early-years education for three and four-year-olds in England is to be doubled from 15 to 30 hours for…
Dr Margaret Flynn has been appointed the chair of a new national board to oversee the work of protecting adults and children in Wales, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has announced. The National Independent Safeguarding Board has been established under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.…
Working parents in eight pilot areas of England will be the first to take advantage of 30 hours of free childcare from September. Eligible parents in Wigan, Staffordshire, Swindon, Portsmouth, Northumberland, York, Newham and Hertfordshire will benefit from the decision to double the number of free hours of childcare available…
The SNP's plans to extend free childcare to 30 hours a week by 2020 can only be delivered by a "radical" new national body, according to a think thank. The First Minister has set out plans to double the current free childcare provision for three and four-year-olds and vulnerable two-year-olds…
Flagship Conservative reforms to extend free childcare to 30 hours per week have passed through the House of Commons despite claims the provision is underfunded. The Childcare Bill delivers a Tory manifesto commitment that will double free hours from 15 to 30 hours for 38 weeks a year - a…
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