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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…
Parents are still waiting in "limbo" because of failings in the Government's 30 hours of free childcare scheme, Labour has said. Shadow education minister Tracy Brabin attacked the policy for being "shrouded in secrecy, misinformation and mayhem" and said it was now time for answers from the Government. In an…
Nursery workers' wages could have to be slashed to pay for the Government's 30 hours of free childcare scheme, according to new research. The New Economics Foundation think tank found nurseries would have to pay staff £7.33 an hour - below the minimum wage - to break even without passing…
Two out of five low-paid young parents who ask for flexible work arrangements are "penalised" with fewer hours, worse shifts and even losing their job, a new report says. A survey of 1,000 young mums and dads by the TUC found that more than half of those working in low-paid…
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