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School nurseries appear to have been "colonised by the middle classes" the education watchdog chief has said. Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has asked why so many parents have failed to engage with a scheme which gives free education for disadvantaged two-year-olds. Sir Michael (pictured) said almost half the…
People looking to work in childcare will be given more help to reach the high levels needed to give children the best start in life, Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah announced this week. Childcare apprentices will have to show they have a good level of English and maths by the end…
Ministers have come under attack for failing to include enough detail in legislation doubling the amount of free childcare parents can get for three and four-year-olds. The Labour and Liberal Democrat leaders in the House of Lords hit out at the lack of detail on how the policy would work…
Every youngster up to the age of 12 should be entitled to up to 50 hours a week of free or subsidised childcare, an ambitious new report has suggested. The Commission for Childcare Reform has said while this could cost more than £1.8 billion, depending on uptake, the Scottish Government…
Around 20,000 two year olds are now eligible for funded early learning and childcare, parents and carers have been reminded to take up a place for their child. The entitlement to 600 hours of annual funded early learning and childcare has been extended to two year olds from low income…
The owner of a chain of children's nurseries who stole £950,000 from his employees - through money deducted from their salaries as tax and National Insurance - has been jailed for five and a half years. Michael Scott, 63, of Grovebury, Locks Heath, cheated more than 180 employees by deducting…
New laws doubling the amount of free childcare parents can get for three and four-year-olds should be delayed until the Government can give more details on how the scheme will work and be paid for, Labour has said. Shadow education minister Baroness Jones of Whitchurch said there were "huge questions"…
The Government is undertaking a review of the costs of providing childcare in England. This call for evidence is part of that review and and is aimed at nurseries, primary schools, children centres, maintained nursery schools, independent nursery schools, childminders, private/voluntary providers of day care, childcare or early years organisations,…
The childcare system faces "meltdown" unless Government plans to double free places available for working parents are fully funded, an educational charity has warned. Prime Minister David Cameron will today announce that working parents of three and four-year-olds in some parts of England will be entitled to 30 hours a…
The Conservatives' pre-election pledge to double free childcare for young children is confirmed in today's Queen's Speech. Under a new Childcare Bill, working parents in England will be entitled to 30 hours of free care and early years education for three and four-year-olds for 38 weeks a year - the…
Children's charity Barnardo’s is calling on the new government to act now to stop the decrease in funding of children’s centres, following new calculations that reveal a dramatic budget decrease of over 35 per cent since 2010. New research into Department for Education figures reveal, during the period 2010/11 to…
Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper has said her party needs to revolutionise the way it supports families by offering free childcare for all. The shadow home secretary has called for a Scandinavian-style system of universal childcare, with 30 hours of free care for all pre-school youngsters over the age of…

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