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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 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…
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…
Some batches of children's cough syrup which have the potential to grow mould have been recalled. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a precautionary recall for some own-brand children's blackcurrant cough syrup. It said that a problem with one of the ingredients in these medicines has been…
Cash-strapped nurseries are struggling with growing deficits following the introduction of the 30-hour free childcare policy, a survey has suggested. 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 report by the National…
Some parents do not appreciate the importance of early education and teaching young children life skills such as how to communicate or use the toilet, it has been suggested. Some mothers and fathers do not know how to impart these skills and need more support in doing so, according to…
One in four early years workers have considered leaving the profession due to stress and mental health issues, according to a poll. It suggests that many nursery workers and childminders are concerned about the balance between their job and home life, while others say they have suffered issues such as…
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…
An over-sterile germ-free environment in the first year of life is one of the major causal factors behind childhood leukaemia, a controversial study suggests. Coupled with unlucky genetics, it can leave a child vulnerable to common infections such as flu triggering the disease, says a leading expert. Professor Mel Greaves,…
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…
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