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Highlands and Islands MSP Maree Todd will be appointed as the new minister for childcare and early years following the resignation of Mark McDonald over "inappropriate'' behaviour. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced her intention to promote Ms Todd days after Mr McDonald stepped down from the role with an apology…
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has helped launch a campaign to recruit up to 11,000 more people to work in childcare. The recruitment drive, with the tagline "Shape their worlds. Shape your career", is targeted at school leavers, and aimed at delivering a key Scottish Government pledge to expand free childcare…
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…
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