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Private nurseries have raised a series of concerns about the Scottish Government’s flagship proposal to expand free childcare. Ministers have promised to increase free nursery provision from the current 600 hours to 1,140 for three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds by 2020, equivalent to about 30 hours a week in…
Parents' access to childcare will be dramatically expanded under Labour plans to subsidise extra hours, Jeremy Corbyn will say. His commitment would see parents pay no more than £4 an hour for extra childcare on top of the 30 hours a week of free provision for all two, three and…
Working parents with children under five have seen nursery fees increase three times faster than their wages over the past decade, according to a new study. An analysis by the TUC showed that childcare costs have risen by 52% since 2008 for families with a full-time and a part-time working…
A project where carers open their homes to vulnerable people, a scheme to cut the risk of sexual exploitation of young people and a community garden initiative bringing together residents with dementia and marginalised groups are among the finalists in the running for the 2018 Welsh Accolades awards. The biennial…
A number of children were among people hurt when a man stormed through a children's play centre, attacking customers, before jumping from a balcony. The owner of The Alphabet Zoo, in Bradford, said none of his customers who were caught up in the incident on Tuesday afternoon needed hospital treatment…
The Government's free childcare policy is being challenged in the High Court by lone parents and their children, who say they are discriminated against. Free childcare provision for three and four-year-olds whose parents are "deemed to be in work" was doubled from 15 to 30 hours from last year. But…
The rising cost of transport, childcare and energy has hit people who are struggling to get by, leaving low-income families needing a third more money to make ends meet, according to a new study. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said families on low incomes were facing bigger barriers to meet…
The days of "cops and robbers" may be in the past for many young children, as most nurseries are now banning them from bringing in and playing with toy weapons, according to a poll. The survey also suggests that for a small number, superhero costumes are getting the thumbs down.…
A steep drop in the number of childminders working in England has been branded "simply unacceptable" by campaigners who have called on the Government to take action to halt the decline. New Ofsted figures show that there are now more than 15,000 fewer registered childminders compared to around six years…
The Welsh Government has unveiled new guidance for regulated childcare settings to help them ensure they provide the children they care for with healthy food and drink. The new guidance forms part of a range of Welsh Government initiatives that will contribute to preventing obesity in Wales, and help ensure…
A cruel couple have been jailed for at least 30 years for torturing their French nanny to death over a bizarre obsession with a former Boyzone pop star. Delusional Sabrina Kouider, 35, and her timid partner Ouissem Medouni, 40, killed 21-year-old Sophie Lionnet over a false belief she was in…
Parents could face having to find hundreds of pounds upfront for childcare under the controversial Universal Credit scheme, according to a charity. Save the Children has warned there is a risk that the new benefits system will put mothers and father off taking up a new job, or push families…
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