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Parents can pre-register on Wednesday for the Government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme, which launches at the end of next month. The initiative will begin on April 28 for parents of children aged under two, and will then be rolled out over 2017 in a move ministers say will cut childcare costs…
Thousands of nursery workers are being paid below the National Living Wage even though their employers receive Government funding through childcare vouchers and subsidies for parents, a report claims. The Family and Childcare Trust said up to 20,000 staff in private and independent nurseries in England were not receiving the…
A 10-month-old baby boy died after suffering a "devastating and irrecoverable brain injury" when his nanny allegedly lost her temper and shook him, a court has heard. Joshua Paul was being looked after by childminder Viktoria Tautz, 34, at his home in Culross Close, Haringey, north London, on August 29…
Attending a nursery with highly qualified staff or an outstanding Ofsted rating has a limited benefit for children’s educational achievement, according to new research by lead authors at the University of Surrey. A report published today reveals that a child’s educational achievement at the end of their reception year is…
A Wrexham residential child care worker has been given a two-year suspension order for failing to hand over cash donations for the Nightingale House Hospice charity within a reasonable timescale. Samantha Clarke received the suspension order after a three-day Care Council Fitness to Practise hearing at Beaufort Park Hotel in…
Queens University Belfast are to host an open morning on their Post Qualifying courses offering pathways in Child Care, Mental Health, Strategy and Leadership, Systemic Practice and Family Therapy and Dual Diagnosis (Substance Misuse and Mental Health) and the Cognitive Behavioural Programme. The morning will take place on Wednesday 22…
More than half of councils are unsure if they will have enough childcare available when plans to double the free hours available to pre-schoolers comes into force, a survey suggests. Under major reforms from this September, three and four-year-olds in England will be entitled to 30 free hours of care…
The state must stop it's so-called "nannying" of British parents and do away with universal free childcare, a new report has urged. Families most in need of help are not getting it because Government subsidies are poorly targeted, the Institute of Economic Affairs publication said. Many families on average earnings…
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