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An independent Aberdeen school which has been at the centre of an investigation is to close this summer. Last month, the Care Inspectorate said it had received complaints about "staffing and the care of children" at the Waldorf School Kindergarten. The school council said the "very difficult" closure decision came…
A woman from Wickford has been charged with child cruelty following an investigation by Essex Police into concerns about the treatment of children at the Abacus Day Nursery in Billericay. Nursery Manager Emma Panting, 49, was charged with one count of child cruelty, two counts of common assault and one…
For many parents of disabled children, finding affordable and suitable childcare that meets their needs is very challenging. Research in the UK has shown that parents with disabled children experience barriers not just with cost, but also accessibility, the attitudes of childcare providers and in getting good information about sources…
Families are under pressure from a combination of patchy childcare provision and above-inflation price rises, a charity is warning. Nursery childcare for under-twos is 4.8% more expensive than last year, according to the Family and Childcare Trust. The cost of part-time childcare for two children is now 22% higher than…
A £15m grant scheme has been allocated for the creation of some 6,000 new childcare places across rural areas, areas of disadvantage and within schools, the Northern Ireland Executive has announced. Up to 750 new jobs are also expected to be created within the childcare sector with the introduction of…
A new body has been set up in a bid to promote "real and significant change" in Scotland's childcare system. The Childcare Alliance, which has the support of businesses and organisations in the voluntary sector, has been established to look at how the care of youngsters might be better designed,…
A brand new app to support Northern Irish staff working in childminding settings has been launched. The app,'Health and Safety in the Childminding Setting', has been developed in partnership with NICMA, the Childminding Association and NI Childcare Partnerships. It is designed to provide Childminders in Northern Ireland with the resources…
A new team has been set up to expand services to transport sick children in Northern Ireland. Health Minister Edwin Poots launched the expansion of the Northern Ireland Specialist Transport and Retrieval Services (NISTAR) for critically ill neonates and children today. The new service will be staffed 24/7 by specialists,…
Former Tory chairman Lord Tebbit has criticised the coalition's flagship childcare policy, saying mothers or fathers should be encouraged to stay at home to raise their children. He said helping parents to stay at home would help save taxpayers' money because it could reduce the cost of coping with family…
Prime Minister David Cameron will increase the tax-free allowance for childcare and extend the program to all children under the age of 12. The childcare allowance will increase to £2,000 from a currently planned £1,200 pounds, starting in autumn 2015, according to a statement from Cameron’s office. “Tax free childcare…
The average family will be spending two fifths of their disposable income on childcare in 10 years time, a charity has claimed. Childcare is one of the biggest challenges for parents, with many prevented from returning to work, or working enough hours because the cost of paying a nursery or…
A Dundee nursery has been warned it faces closure unless it make urgent improvements to its standard of care. The city centre Ark Nursery must convince the Care Inspectorate it has allayed its concerns about child protection and staff recruitment. Last month it emerged one of its employees had been…

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