Social Media

A free child care policy may be extended to include foster families, Education Secretary Justine Greening has revealed. Under the current policy three and four-year-olds in families where all parents work are entitled to 30 hours free care, but children in foster care are not included. At education questions Ms…
Highlands and Islands MSP Maree Todd will be appointed as the new minister for childcare and early years following the resignation of Mark McDonald over "inappropriate'' behaviour. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced her intention to promote Ms Todd days after Mr McDonald stepped down from the role with an apology…
A Scottish Government minister has resigned over past actions he said had been "considered to be inappropriate". Mark McDonald, the SNP minister for childcare and early years, apologised "to anyone I have upset" as he stepped down from the role. The MSP for Aberdeen Donside said previous behaviour he had…
Low pay and a lack of affordable childcare are holding back parents who want to work, a study has found. Research by the Child Poverty Action Group showed that one in five unemployed parents wanted to work but found the cost of childcare prohibitively expensive. Almost as many could not…
New job-seeking requirements placed on parents of young children under Universal Credit risk pushing single-parent families into poverty, a report warns. A study by campaign group Gingerbread suggested that 165,000 single parents of pre-school aged children are at increased risk of going into poverty and debt because of new conditions…
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has helped launch a campaign to recruit up to 11,000 more people to work in childcare. The recruitment drive, with the tagline "Shape their worlds. Shape your career", is targeted at school leavers, and aimed at delivering a key Scottish Government pledge to expand free childcare…
The cost of childcare for young children has increased up to seven times faster than wages over the past few years, a new study reveals. Analysis by the TUC showed that in England the average pay of parents with a one-year-old child rose by 12% in cash terms between 2008…
The smacking of children will be banned in Scotland, the Scottish Government has confirmed. Ministers have said they will ensure that a Bill brought forward by Green MSP John Finnie would become law. The legislation will remove the defence of ''justifiable assault'' in Scots law, which allows parents to use…
Page 1 of 23