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The state must stop it's so-called "nannying" of British parents and do away with universal free childcare, a new report has urged. Families most in need of help are not getting it because Government subsidies are poorly targeted, the Institute of Economic Affairs publication said. Many families on average earnings…
A tailored curriculum and a skilled and self-reflective workforce are key to good practice in early years settings, reveals a new report published today by NatCen Social Research. The report from the Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) brings together the experiences of early years practitioners, who identified these…
Many families with children who are disabled or have special educational needs are struggling to find information on childcare, according to a new report. It suggests that in many areas, mothers and fathers are in the dark on how to access care. The Family and Childcare Trust's report found that…
Encouraging children to develop language skills, read, and enjoy books at an early age is vital – and the earlier the better. That’s the message from Scotland’s nursery inspectors as they back a campaign to improve children’s early language skills . Research shows that young people who attend a high-quality…
In late 2016, new plans for the Welsh healthcare landscape were announced by Qualification Wales and The National Assembly for Wales' Children, Young People and Education Committee. These detailed the introduction of new qualifications and a consultation looking at the first 1000 days of a child's life. The first 1,000…
A think-tank has renewed calls for an end to "birthday discrimination" in entitlement to free nursery education. Reform Scotland said the current system for government-funded pre-school provision was "unacceptable and unfair" as some children are entitled to less early-years education than others. The organisation highlighted that as the legal entitlement…
Thousands of new childcare places for young children are to be created under a £50 million scheme, ministers have announced. The move will help to deliver a Government pledge to offer three and four-year-olds in England 30 hours of free care a week, according to the Department for Education (DfE).…
Charges for people to use child maintenance services have been dubbed "cruel and callous" after it emerged they had earned the Government more than £11 million. SNP MP Angela Crawley also called the charges unfair in the wake of the figures, which include little more than £100,000 from extra enforcement…
New sites for the Scottish Government's pilot projects on different models of childcare have been announced as part of its bid to double free provision. All three and four-year-olds in Scotland, as well as vulnerable two-year-olds, are entitled to 600 hours of free childcare every year, up from 412.5 hours…
A £1 billion Government scheme to boost childcare for three and four-year-olds will deliver only a "small" increase in parents working, a new study has found. Education Secretary Justine Greening (pictured) says that increasing these children's entitlement from 15 to 30 hours a week in England is designed to "break…
Talks have taken place between Scottish Government ministers and council chiefs after a review of childcare funding revealed an apparent £140 million underspend by local authorities. Over the period 2014-15 to 2016-17, the Scottish Government has provided councils with £329 million of additional cash to fund the increase in the…
A University of South Wales (USW) course has been recognised as a leader in the field of early years education and practice. The Care Council for Wales (CCW) has recommended that USW’s BA Early Years Education and Practice (with Early Years Practitioner status) degree programme should be placed on the…
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