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Healthy Child Wales, a programme that will ensure every child up to the age of seven receives consistent and universal health services in Wales, was launched by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health Rebecca Evans today. Implementing Healthy Child Wales is one of the Welsh Government’s priorities in…
One of Sunderland’s most inspirational adult learners has been recognised by the University of Sunderland for her achievements. A graduate of both the University’s Childhood Studies degree course, and Sunderland City Council’s ‘Next Steps’ care leavers support programme which helped fund her studies, Emma Dougherty, 23, was awarded this year’s…
Hundreds of nursery schools could be forced to close if the Government goes ahead with plans to offer parents 30 hours of free childcare, a teaching union has warned. Pre-schools in England would "cease to be financially viable" after the planned two years of financial support from the taxpayer ends,…
Councils should be legally compelled to provide flexible childcare, according to Scottish Labour. The Scottish Government provides 600 hours of free childcare but councils are under no statutory duty to meet parent demand, Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said. She will outline proposals for a legal guarantee of flexible childcare for…
New to the 2016 academic year, MA Early Childhood Studies is part of London Met’s distance learning programme where students are able to complete their studies whilst working, or even whilst living in a different country. This was true of Koral Belitsos who successfully graduated in July 2016 with an…
A new consulatation is offering the chance to have a say about the development of new health, social care and childcare qualifications in Wales. In July 2016, Qualifications Wales published their report on the sector review of qualifications and the qualification system in health and social care, which includes childcare…
The number of nurseries going bust has almost doubled in the past year because of the "soaring costs" of childcare, according to a leading accountancy firm. The national living wage, high staff-to-child ratios and Government administration costs were cited as factors in 29 nurseries becoming insolvent in England and Wales…
Nicola Sturgeon has acknowledged flexibility issues remain with her flagship free childcare policy after campaigners warned provision in most parts of Scotland is unsuitable for working parents. The First Minister said she is working with councils to improve flexibility, claiming her commitment to expand free childcare even further to 30…
Childcare provision in most parts of Scotland remains unsuitable for working parents, according to a parent-led campaign group. A survey of local authorities by the Fair Funding for our Kids group has indicated some parents are still struggling to access their full free childcare entitlement. The Scottish Government increased the…
Perth & Kinross Council's Early Education and Childcare Strategy Team have announced details of their 'Introduction to Becoming a Childminder' sessions for people considering childminding as a career option, and Pre-registration Training courses, both of which are free to attend. The sessions provide a relaxed opportunity not only to find…
Following major legislative changes in Wales over the last five years, the Care Council for Wales (CCW) have announced they have updated three Early years and Childcare resources to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose. Recruiting Well, Inducting Well and Supervising/ Appraising Well - See more at: http://www.ccwales.org.uk/news/2016/07/26/early-years-and-childcare-exciting-new-developments/#sthash.TGIG9xOp.dpuf Employers are now being…
A nursery nurse has been struck off for calling a toddler a "terrorist" and a "bomber". Nikki Alexander lost her job at Busy Bees nursery in Edinburgh for a catalogue of racist and physical abuse, and swearing at children all under the age of two. The Scottish Social Services Council…

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