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Families are paying more on average for part-time childcare than they spend on their mortgage, according to a new report. It reveals parents are handing over more than £7,500 a year for childcare for two children, around 4.7% more than the average mortgage bill. The report, by the Family and…
Wednesday, 26 Feb, 2014

Value of Childcare — Report

High quality childcare can help children to flourish, whatever their family circumstances. It can help parents to flourish, too, knowing that their children are being well-cared for while they go out to work. But not everyone has access to high quality childcare, and this has far-reaching consequences for children, parents,…
A leading academic has been tasked with heading up a review of the childcare workforce as part of "ambitious" Scottish Government plans to transform early learning. Professor Iram Siraj is to lead a review team which will examine the skills and qualifications of those working in the sector, as well…
The Government's new childcare policy discriminates against the lowest earners and will hold many single parents back from going to work, a charity has warned. Gingerbread is concerned that the plan for childcare support under Universal Credit creates a two-tier system which leaves the lowest earners with the least support…
A restructuring of early years education delivery has been agreed by Essex County Council's. The ECC cabinet decided in a meeting last week that the proposal which will close some centres and limit opening hours at others, will save the council £2.3m. Little Buddies in Buckhurst Hill will be closed…
Ofsted is from today seeking views on how childminder agencies should be inspected. The government’s Children and Families Bill 2013 will allow for the creation of childminder agencies. They will help childminders with training, support, advice and networks. The aim is to better support existing childminders, attract new high quality…
Childcare inspectors make sure the quality of childcare for children from birth to eight years is as good as it can be. Their inspections include crèches, childminders and school care. It also includes local authority or privately owned nurseries. If you love children and want to help make sure they…
New investment by the government in Scotland could create as many as 2,000 full or part time childcare jobs, according to a Member of the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish government is to pump an investment of £3.5 million into measures designed to allow more women in Scotland to return to…
Childcare training in Scotland is receiving a £460,000 boost from the Scottish government for post-graduate and professional development places. This will fund extra opportunities for early years training for teachers and for Professional Development Awards for Childhood Practice students. The move comes as the Scottish Government expands the pre-school entitlement…
Kent County Council has confirmed that the axe will fall on twelve of the county’s children’s centres and further twenty see their hours cut. For those that will close, services currently delivered will be switch instead to alternative local venues such as village halls and community centres. The plans, which…
A Welsh Government minister was on hand to help cut the turf for a new Flintshire childcare centre. Vaughan Gething AM, Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty, cut the first sod at new Bryn Deva Flying Start Centre on Linden Avenue, Connah’s Quay, yesterday. Mr Gething was joined by members of…
Inspectors found 'significant issues impacting on safety and well-being of children' - so owners closed down business overnight. The safety and well-being of children at a privately-run nursery in Bridgend has been affected by “significant issues”, according to inspectors called in by whistleblowers. Pili Pala Day Nurseries in Bridgend shut…

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