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Nursery workers' wages could have to be slashed to pay for the Government's 30 hours of free childcare scheme, according to new research. The New Economics Foundation think tank found nurseries would have to pay staff £7.33 an hour - below the minimum wage - to break even without passing…
Two out of five low-paid young parents who ask for flexible work arrangements are "penalised" with fewer hours, worse shifts and even losing their job, a new report says. A survey of 1,000 young mums and dads by the TUC found that more than half of those working in low-paid…
Parents are facing soaring childcare costs as the Government's controversial business rates review heaps financial pressure on nurseries, new research has shown. Nurseries and play schools will have to stomach a 26% business rates hike to £110.72 million per year until 2022, according to figures compiled for the Press Association…
The cost of holiday childcare has risen by more than 50% across Britain since 2010, Labour has said. Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said the situation was made worse because incomes had fallen in real terms over the same period. The North East has been hardest hit with rises of…
Parents could miss out on the Government's flagship free childcare policy as plans are "riddled with holes", Labour has said. Shadow education minister Tracy Brabin pressed the Government on how many people had suffered technical issues with the online application system for free childcare hours just two months before the…
Parents are being urged to think carefully about whether their child can be left home alone, as figures suggest that more people are raising concerns about youngsters being left during the school holidays. The NSPCC said it received more than 1,200 calls and emails last summer about children being left…
Poor children should be given as much high-quality early education and care as possible, a leading expert has said. There is a huge "pay off" for youngsters from disadvantaged homes who get access to early years education, according to Andreas Schleicher. A landmark new study by the Organisation for Economic…
A nursery in Perth has been told it must make swift improvements to the care provided to children. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal improvement notice on Little Einstein’s nursery in Perth after an inspection raised concern. The Improvement Notice says the management of the nursery have until the…
Prince Harry praised the work of parent carers and their efforts to support one another as he hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace. The Prince met parents who had opted to look after their sick children, at the event, marking the 40th anniversary of charity WellChild, and commented on how…
It has been revealed that child care courses are the top qualifications women are looking to do when they want to change their career. The research conducted by Oxbridge Home Learning found that the number one qualification searched for on their site is their childcare courses. The results are based…
Labour has said that more than a million families will benefit its pledge to overhaul "patchy" childcare provision as it sought focus on its manifesto plans to roll out free care to all two to four-year-olds. Following the live TV grilling of Monday of the two main party leaders, Jeremy…
A new regional integrated health and social care service working directly in mainstream primary schools supporting children has been launched this month in Northern Ireland. ‘RISE’ (Regional Integrated Support for Education) will enable staff from the health and social care and education sectors to work closely together to help children…
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