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The cost of holiday childcare has risen by more than 50% across Britain since 2010, Labour has said. Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said the situation was made worse because incomes had fallen in real terms over the same period. The North East has been hardest hit with rises of…
The number of childcare providers in Scotland has fallen to a new low, according to Labour. Analysis of official figures by the party found there was a total of 9,282 childcare providers in March, including nursery staff. This is down by almost 1,000 on the 10,250 recorded in December 2008.…
Parents could miss out on the Government's flagship free childcare policy as plans are "riddled with holes", Labour has said. Shadow education minister Tracy Brabin pressed the Government on how many people had suffered technical issues with the online application system for free childcare hours just two months before the…
Poor children should be given as much high-quality early education and care as possible, a leading expert has said. There is a huge "pay off" for youngsters from disadvantaged homes who get access to early years education, according to Andreas Schleicher. A landmark new study by the Organisation for Economic…
A nursery in Perth has been told it must make swift improvements to the care provided to children. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal improvement notice on Little Einstein’s nursery in Perth after an inspection raised concern. The Improvement Notice says the management of the nursery have until the…
Scotland’s new Health and Social Care Standards have been launched, with human rights at their core. The standards, which will be implemented on 1 April 2018, will apply to the NHS as well as services registered with the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and set out the standard people…
A nursery worker was slashed by three women who attacked her in the street while shouting "Allah", her colleague has said. The white woman, who is in her 30s, was said to have been left in "shock" after she was set upon by a trio "dressed all in black" as…
Labour has said that more than a million families will benefit its pledge to overhaul "patchy" childcare provision as it sought focus on its manifesto plans to roll out free care to all two to four-year-olds. Following the live TV grilling of Monday of the two main party leaders, Jeremy…
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