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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…
Foreign nurses applying to work in the UK will be able to demonstrate their ability to speak English using an additional test, the nursing regulator has announced. The move may boost the number of nurses who come to work in Britain. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said it will…
More than a third of social care services across Scotland have reported unfilled staff vacancies in the past year, according to the Care Inspectorate, and almost half of those faced difficulty recruiting the right staff. Currently over 80% of care services in Scotland are judged to be good, very good…
Poor families could end up missing out on 30 hours of free childcare a week if the new Government policy is not properly funded, an early years leader is warning. Nurseries and childminders may end up giving priority to those parents who can afford to pay for additional hours or…
A Government scheme to give working parents 30 hours of free childcare a week could widen the education gap between rich and poor, according to a new report. Research published by the Sutton Trust suggests the offer is being implemented at the expense of quality early years education for disadvantaged…
Scotland’s five and a half thousand childminders are providing high quality early learning childcare, according to the Care Inspectorate, and two new resources launched today will help them continue to improve experiences for children. Childminders care for children in their own home and the quality of the care they provide…
Flexibility in childcare services increased last year, with a higher proportion of providers offering longer opening hours and school holiday sessions, a new report has found. The Care Inspectorate said there was a "considerable increase" in the opening times of many daycare services such as nurseries and playgroups. It found…
Nurseries and other childcare providers will "likely" recruit new staff from other parts of the care sector as the industry expands in a bid to meet a flagship Scottish Government target, a new report has warned. Ministers are committed to increasing the number of hours of free childcare eligible youngsters…
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