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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…
Parents are facing soaring childcare costs as the Government's controversial business rates review heaps financial pressure on nurseries, new research has shown. Nurseries and play schools will have to stomach a 26% business rates hike to £110.72 million per year until 2022, according to figures compiled for the Press Association…
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…
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