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Almost half of childcare providers fear they could be forced to close as a result of the 30-hour free entitlement offer, a survey has revealed. The online poll also found that 48% of providers felt they would have to reduce the number of places they offered to other age groups,…
Toddlers can be set back "decades" if their brains are not adequately stimulated before they start school, experts claim. The team of neuroscientists and charity workers called for more to be done to make the most of the "lightbulb" early years. Toddlers' brains form new connections at double the rate…
Thousands of single parents in London are being "locked out" of work because of the high cost of childcare, a new study has revealed. Charity Gingerbread said its research also showed that half of single parents in the capital are forced to borrow money to pay to have their children…
Every nursery in the country should have a qualified teacher to help children develop key skills like speech and language, a leading charity has said. Thousands of youngsters are struggling to keep up with their peers as parents are unaware of the importance of pre-school development, Save The Children warned.…
The University of Stirling Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection, focused on improving the lives of children by turning research into action, has formally launched. The new research hub brings together experts from across the University, including staff and students from social work, education and health, who are carrying out…
Daycare services which encourage outdoor play are delivering better outcomes for children, the Care Inspectorate has said.The findings were revealed as Scotland’s Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell, helped launch a new Care Inspectorate resource which aims to support all daycare services across the country deliver more outdoor…
The Scottish Government have announced a new qualification for residential child care workers The Standard for Residential Child Care is the new benchmark which will underpin the development and delivery of Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 9 qualifications for the residential child care workforce. The Scottish Social Services…
Councils have "generally succeeded" in providing increased levels of free childcare, but rates of take-up vary considerably among local authorities, a report has found. The Care Inspectorate said the variations may reflect the amount of flexibility and choice being offered to parents, with a "mismatch" between what is being offered…
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