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The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) has launched new learning resources to support early learning and childcare workers at a Scottish Government event in Glasgow. The free digital resources will support the workforce at a time of major expansion with recruitment of thousands of new workers to meet the Scottish…
A Welsh Government-funded project that gives people out of work the experience they need to start a career in the childcare sector has been praised by Children’s Minister Huw Irranca-Davies. The Minister visited the Li’l Angels Day Nursery, based in Shotton, Deeside to meet some of the people taking part…
A new website designed to encourage people to consider taking up a career in childcare in Scotland has been launched today. The website, developed the website in partnership with the Scottish Social Services Council, Skills Development Scotland, the Care Inspectorate and Smarter Scotland (Scottish Government), shows how someone can build…
Low numbers of men working in early years education may restrict children's access to positive male role models, head teachers are suggesting. Members of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) are expect to call for action to encourage more men to work in the sector at their annual conference…
Four out of five young mothers feel lonely after having a baby and meet their friends less often, a new study shows. Research by the Co-op found that many mothers under the age of 30 feel too tired to go out, or simply want to stay with their baby. Almost…
Many nurseries and childminders are struggling with the cost of offering families 30 hours of free childcare a week, a poll suggests. Under a Government scheme rolled out last autumn, three and four-year-olds in England with working parents are entitled to this amount of free care. But a new small-scale…
A couple who were caught on CCTV subjecting three young children in their care to a litany of abuse, including vicious beatings, biting and even sucking on their faces, have been jailed. Yea Ping Chan (left), 42, and Foo Khong Heow (right), 49, of Lewisham, tried to claim the violent…
Over 5,500 childminders across Scotland, and those entering the childcare sector, now have access to an accredited Work Based Award that recognises and values the unique form of childcare they provide, thanks to the launch of the Complete Childminding Learning Pathway. The Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) working with SQA have…
The cost of childcare has risen by as much as 47% across England since the Tories came to power, according to new analysis by Labour. The party's figures suggest the costs of nurseries and childminders have grown at double or even triple the rate of wages. Shadow education secretary Angela…
Ministers have confirmed that a system of childcare vouchers will be extended for six months before closing in October. Elizabeth Truss said the move would allow the Government to monitor the introduction of tax-free childcare. Labour accused the Government of sneaking out the date for the scheme's closure and called…
Funding figures put out by the Government regarding its flagship free childcare policy are "misleading and out of date", the Commons Treasury Committee has said. MPs called for more money to be paid to childcare providers involved in the free 30 hours per week scheme for three and four-year-olds because…
There may be concerns about its effect on the environment, but a poll suggests glitter will still be adorning children's artwork for some time yet. Almost eight in 10 (78%) nursery workers said they would not like to see their own nursery ban the substance. The poll, by reviews website…
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