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Government admits shortfall in supply of childcare places for 30-hours

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Spring Budget documents reveal places will “rise more slowly than originally assumed”
 
The number of available childcare spaces for the 30-hours offer may not be sufficient to cover demand, according to...Read more

Childcare minimum wage report “misleading”, says Alliance

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Family and Childcare Trust report claims that one in 10 childcare workers are underpaid
 
The Alliance has criticised a report from the Family and Childcare Trust which claims that up to 22,000 childcare...Read more

Government “wasting money” to keep information about Childcare Implementation Taskforce secret, Alliance says

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Alliance criticises government for refusing to publish details about official childcare taskforce
 
The Alliance has criticised the government for refusing to publish information about the work of its...Read more

Number of childminders in England drops 23% since 2012

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Ofsted figures reveal that the number of registered childminders is still falling
 
The number of childminders in England has dropped 23% since 2012, according to statistics released by Ofsted.

Alliance launches SMARTpd

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Tailored approach to professional development offered to early years practitioners
 
The Alliance has announced the launch of its new professional development programme SMARTpd, designed to offer bespoke...Read more

Spring Budget does not address childcare concerns, Alliance says

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Chancellor’s latest Budget brings no additional funding ahead of 30-hours roll-out
 
The government’s Spring Budget announcements this week included no changes in funding for the early years sector ahead of...Read more

Government scraps GCSE requirement for level 3 practitioners

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Functional skills will be accepted as an equivalent to GCSEs from 3 April onwards
 
Level 3 practitioners will no longer need a GCSE in English and maths to count in early years ratios, following an...Read more

Families spend up to 45% of disposable income on childcare, report claims

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Research from Family and Childcare Trust shows "soaring" cost of childcare

British parents are paying an average of £116 a week for childcare, according to new research from the Family and Childcare Trust.

The charity used...Read more

Many providers will not offer 30-hours, DfE statistics suggest

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10,000 fewer providers plan to offer parents 30-hours compared to 15-hours according to DfE statistics
 
The 30-hours of free childcare offer could cause a lack of childcare places, due to provider reluctance...Read more

NICE tells early years staff to look for “soft” signs of neglect

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NICE drafts guidance for practitioners regarding symptoms of neglect or abuse
 
Early years professional are being advised to look for “soft” signs of abuse, following draft guidelines released by the...Read more

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