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PM pushes for alternative to prison babies

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Prime minister David Cameron is pushing for change for babies born to mothers in jail.

New research has revealed that 100 babies spent time behind bars last year, and Cameron plans to rethink how pregnant women’s offences are treated, as...Read more

Minimal wage increase makes good nurseries outstanding

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Research from the Family and Childcare Trust has found that a pay increase of just £1 an hour can make the difference between a childcare setting with a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating and that with an ‘Outstanding’.

The study ‘In for a pound’...Read more

Eight councils chosen to trial 30 hours childcare scheme early

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Eight councils in England will receive £13m to launch the 30 hours free childcare scheme a year ahead of schedule, the Department for Education has announced.

The government has confirmed that Wigan, Staffordshire, Swindon, Portsmouth,...Read more

Thousands of single parents excluded from 30 hours childcare, claims charity

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Up to 20,000 single parents could miss out on the extended free entitlement offer due to a change in eligibility criteria, according to the charity for single parent families, Gingerbread.

In November, the government announced that parents...Read more

30 hours scheme could ‘nationalise’ childcare, says thinktank

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Government plans to extend the three- and four-year-old free entitlement for working families could help to “nationalise childcare”, a thinktank has claimed.

Time to Care, a report on the Childcare Bill published by Policy...Read more

Two-to-four year olds in the UK ‘not active enough to be healthy’

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A recent report by The British Heart Foundation National Centre claims that 91% of two-to-four year olds in the UK are not active enough to be healthy.

UK physical activity guidelines state that children within this age group need at least...Read more

Government mulls Ofsted fee increase

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The government are set to consult on proposed increases to Ofsted annual fees, childcare minister Sam Gyimah has confirmed.

In a letter sent to early years organisations, the minister stated “…many providers have faced increases in...Read more

Ofsted publishes childminder agency inspection guidance

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Childminder agencies will be rated as ‘effective’ or ‘ineffective’ rather than ‘outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’, Ofsted has confirmed.

According to the childminding agencies inspection handbook, published in...Read more

Jenny Chapman appointed as shadow childcare minister in Labour reshuffle

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Labour MP Jenny Chapman has been appointed shadow childcare minister in party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s first reshuffle.

Prior to the reshuffle, Chapman had been shadow prisons and probation minister since 2011. She has a history of...Read more

Government slashes spending on early intervention

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Government funding for early help services will be cut by 71% between 2010 and 2020, the National Children’s Bureau reveals this morning.

A report titled Losing in the long run, compiled by Action for Children, National Children’s Bureau...Read more

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