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A toolkit for early years practitioners has been created by researchers at the University of Sheffield after a study examined whether they should ‘love’ the children in their care. Dr Jools Page, from the University’s School of Education, explored how a rise in media coverage surrounding sex abuse scandals has…
The Scottish Government should consider ending the council-tax freeze and providing some free childcare for primary-school pupils, a new report looking at how to tackle poverty has said. Naomi Eisenstadt, the independent adviser on poverty and inequality, made the suggestions as she produced her first report for Nicola Sturgeon, who…
A new group has been announced to help develop the Scottish Government’s plans to significantly expand early learning and childcare. The announcement was made by the Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell as she spoke at the Children in Scotland conference and responded to the Commission for Childcare Reform’s report on early…
Cuts to children's centre budgets could have a damaging impact on hundreds of thousands of families across the country, a charity has warned. A poll by 4Children found almost two thirds (64%) of children's centre managers who responded have had their budgets cut in this financial year - representing 2,300…
The Government has suffered a defeat in the Lords over its plan to double the amount of free childcare for parents of three and four-year-olds. Labour and Liberal Democrat peers voted 222 to 209, majority 13, for the change not to come into force until a full analysis of funding…
The Care Inspectorate has today published its annual report on early learning and childcare provision in Scotland. The figures show how, where and to whom early learning and childcare is provided. The report looks at both childminders operating in their own home, and day care services including nurseries, playgroups, out…
Good childcare provision is more about quality than quantity, says Helen Barnard. The Conservative’s flagship policy to give all families 30 hours of free childcare a week offered a ray of hope to working parents struggling to balance high childcare costs. But yesterday, the National Association of Headteachers said that…
New laws doubling the amount of free childcare parents can get for three and four-year-olds could lead to many nurseries having to reduce the number of children they can take unless they receive further funding, a report has warned. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said that many of…
Families with young children feel the strain of modern life on their relationships more than anyone else, according to a survey out today. Money worries and the daily balancing act of childcare and work are the main factors affecting parents' relationships, the poll by Relate, the marriage and relationship counselling…
Childcare providers are being asked to come forward to be the first in the country to offer 30 hours of free childcare a week. The move to double the provision is being rolled out to parents in September 2016 - a year earlier than planned. As part of the Government's…
The number of people working nights has increased to more than three million since the recession and is set to rise further because of plans to extend services and the NHS, according to a new report. The TUC warned that working through the night can hit family life and lead…
Leading journal of multi-disciplinary child care practice, ChildCare in Practice, is hosting a presentation by Dr David Hayes, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Queens University Belfast on the findings of an evaluation of the ‘Safety in Partnership’ approach to work with children and families. ‘Safety in Partnership’, which has been…
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