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The Scottish Government has written to community planning partnerships (CPPs) offering support for the development of joint strategic commissioning of children’s services. The programme aims to shift expenditure on children’s services towards prevention and early intervention by improving evidence of need, linking services to need, and linking investment to outcomes.…
The next government should focus taxpayers' money on ensuring young children are taught and cared for by high-quality, fully-trained staff, according to campaigners. Many promises have been made in the run-up to the General Election around extending free childcare for pre-school children, but there needs to be a close look…
The new edition of the Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care is now available. It includes articles on: the education of looked after children the children’s hearings' system helping children in care cope with loss and change social enterprise as a model for residential child care. There is also the…
Early years experts have warned that the Conservatives' pledge to double free childcare for pre-schoolers may not be practical. Under proposals announced in the party's manifesto today, all three and four-year-olds would be eligible for 30 free hours of care a week - up from 15 under the current system.…
David Cameron promised 30 hours a week of free childcare for three and four-year-olds as he insisted the Tories were the "real party of working people". Launching the Conservatives' election manifesto, the Prime Minister said the existing provision would be doubled - saving parents £5,000 a year. He also declared…
More than 1,000 centres to help parents with young children face being axed under a Conservative government, Labour has claimed. The Conservatives' "extreme" spending plans are set to lead to an average of 250 Sure Start centres a year being shut down over the next four years, according to the…
UNISON Scotland is calling for more parental leave and flexible working for parents as part of a range of proposals that make up their new Childcare Charter, which was launched yesterday. As well as fair pay, training and career paths for childcare workers, the union is also calling for childcare…
Half of single parents have had to borrow money to pay for childcare amid fresh warnings that it doesn't make financial sense for many to work more hours. Gingerbread, which campaigns on behalf of single parents, said the price of childcare meant the idea that work was the best way…
Funding for free nursery places delivering early learning and childcare will double over the term of the next Scottish Parliament, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledged. In a wide-ranging education speech, Ms Sturgeon laid out the Scottish Government’s ambition to see every child have the educational opportunities that she benefitted…
The next government should review priorities for childcare and early education in England to ensure a greater share of the £6.4 billion annual budget is spent on children from disadvantaged backgrounds, a House of Lords committee has said. In a new report, the Lords Committee on Affordable Childcare said better…
Spiralling childcare costs mean that for many families "it simply does not pay to work", a major report has warned. It suggests that despite heavy Government spending, childcare prices have continued to soar in recent years. The cost of sending a toddler to nursery part-time has risen by around a…
The Care Council for Wales (CCW) has launched an updated list of required Early Years and Child Care Qualifications. The List of Required Qualifications to work within the Early Years and Childcare Sector in Wales, has been launched in an updated version. The List was originally published in 2013 and…

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