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Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood is setting out plans for free nursery places for all three-year-olds in Wales as she resumes her party's General Election campaign following a pause after the Manchester bombing. Ms Wood was visiting a nursery in Llanelli to unveil Plaid's three-point plan to tackle child poverty.…
Parents are failing to spend enough time with their children, with some admitting they can go days without proper interaction, a charity is warning. A poll for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found that parents are often too busy to spend quality time with their offspring, while a substantial proportion…
Tens of thousands of young children attending nurseries could miss out on 30 free hours a week of childcare, industry leaders have said. More than a fifth of nurseries (22%) say they will not be, or are unlikely to take part in the Government scheme, which will see free childcare…
More than 9,000 childcare places are to be created as part of a £50 million boost for early learning. The money will fund capital grants in order to help nurseries, pre-schools and playgroups invest in new buildings and upgrade facilities. A further £5 million is to go to organisations helping…
Parents could face higher fees and extra charges for childcare as a result of Government plans to double the free hours available to pre-school children, it has been suggested. In addition, nurseries and childminders could put restrictions on the days and times when families can access their free entitlement, according…
Parents can pre-register on Wednesday for the Government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme, which launches at the end of next month. The initiative will begin on April 28 for parents of children aged under two, and will then be rolled out over 2017 in a move ministers say will cut childcare costs…
Thousands of nursery workers are being paid below the National Living Wage even though their employers receive Government funding through childcare vouchers and subsidies for parents, a report claims. The Family and Childcare Trust said up to 20,000 staff in private and independent nurseries in England were not receiving the…
A 10-month-old baby boy died after suffering a "devastating and irrecoverable brain injury" when his nanny allegedly lost her temper and shook him, a court has heard. Joshua Paul was being looked after by childminder Viktoria Tautz, 34, at his home in Culross Close, Haringey, north London, on August 29…
Attending a nursery with highly qualified staff or an outstanding Ofsted rating has a limited benefit for children’s educational achievement, according to new research by lead authors at the University of Surrey. A report published today reveals that a child’s educational achievement at the end of their reception year is…
A Wrexham residential child care worker has been given a two-year suspension order for failing to hand over cash donations for the Nightingale House Hospice charity within a reasonable timescale. Samantha Clarke received the suspension order after a three-day Care Council Fitness to Practise hearing at Beaufort Park Hotel in…
Queens University Belfast are to host an open morning on their Post Qualifying courses offering pathways in Child Care, Mental Health, Strategy and Leadership, Systemic Practice and Family Therapy and Dual Diagnosis (Substance Misuse and Mental Health) and the Cognitive Behavioural Programme. The morning will take place on Wednesday 22…
More than half of councils are unsure if they will have enough childcare available when plans to double the free hours available to pre-schoolers comes into force, a survey suggests. Under major reforms from this September, three and four-year-olds in England will be entitled to 30 free hours of care…
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