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A new study from Employers for Childcare has found that many families struggle to pay for childcare and are turning to credit cards and loans to meet rising costs. The report found full time places are costing an average of £162 a week, representing an increase of 2.5% compared on…
More than 300,000 parents have not returned to work because of the UK's "ineffective" childcare policies, a new report has claimed. One in four unemployed mothers wanted to work, but childcare costs were stopping them, research by childcare search site Findababysitter.com found. Cost was the biggest concern, as well as…
Some 335,000 families could miss out on financial help they need to pay for childcare and stay in work because of the complexity of the new childcare support system, according to a new study. The Government estimated that 50,000 such families may be affected but its figures did not take…
More than two thirds of UK grandparents are providing childcare for their grandchildren, while almost a quarter of them use savings to cover the cost, according to a survey. Among grandparents aged 65 and over, 57% are childcarers for grandchildren, while 67% overall fulful the role, the poll for insurer…
A new report published today by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) exposes the worrying shortcomings in childcare provision in Scotland. In particular, it says that many clients find that provision is either too expensive or simply doesn’t exist in a way that works for them. Among the report’s findings: The average…
Government plans for tax-free childcare have cleared the Commons unopposed. The Childcare Payments Bill was granted an unopposed third reading by MPs after the Government saw off two Labour amendments tabled at report stage. Under the Bill, the Government would provide 20% support on costs up to £10,000 per year…
Families could face higher childcare bills if a major gap in funding for free places continues, campaigners are warning. The Government's scheme to offer free care for young children is in "crisis", it is suggested, as the money available does not cover the cost of providing good quality places. As…
The Welsh Government is consulting on a draft 10 year plan for the early years, childcare and play workforce in Wales. The Government want a highly skilled early years, childcare and play workforce for the future that: is highly regarded (a career of choice) understands how children learn and develop…
The Care Inspectorate piloted a new approach to inspecting childminding services last year and, from 1 April 2014, they inspect childminders in a different way. Instead of Quality Themes and Statements there are now just four Quality Themes: Quality of Care and Support Quality of Environment Quality of Staffing Quality…
A continuing fall in the number of providers offering childcare services in Scotland is revealed in a new report published by The Care Inspectorate today. The 'Early Learning and Childcare Statistics in Scotland - 2013' report looks at both childminders operating in their own home, and day care services including…
The cost of bringing up children has soared in the last year, leaving families on the minimum wage 18 per cent short of the basic amount needed to live on. In a new report published today, The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) finds childcare costs are soaring past the ability…
An independent review and consultation of early learning and childcare, and out of school care is running until 30 September 2014 and views of individuals and organisations with an interest in this area are being sought. Professor Iram Siraj is chair of an independent review commissioned by the Scottish Government…

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