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Government expands 30-hour ‘free childcare’ trial

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Dorest, Leicester, North Yorkshire and Tower Hamlets join the government’s 30 hours scheme ahead of schedule
 
Four more councils have signed up to the government’s 30-hour ‘free childcare’ scheme, ahead of...Read more

Tulip Siddiq resigns from frontbench

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Shadow early years minister resigns from Labour's shadow cabinet
 
Tulip Siddiq has resigned from her role as shadow early years minister, after less than four months in the role.

Important information regarding Tax Free Childcare

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HMRC have confirmed to the Alliance that all childcare providers who wish to enrol in the forthcoming Tax-Free Childcare scheme will need a Unique Tax-payer Reference (UTR).
 
HMRC are currently in the process
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Smarter training - Professional development with the Alliance

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With so many changes in the sector, training and professional development is more important than ever. Michael Freeston, director of quality improvement at the Alliance, introduces a new solution: SMARTpd.
 

Government has underestimated demand for 30 hours scheme, says Alliance

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Research by Ceeda suggests that tens of thousands could miss out on funded places
 
The government has underestimated the level of demand for the 30-hour funded childcare offer, according to independent...Read more

Follow-up to speech and language review planned

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Inquiry launched to help inform Bercow: Ten Years On
 
The Royal College of Speech and Language has partnered with children’s charity I CAN to launch an inquiry that will inform a follow-up report to a...Read more

Head teachers call for return of baseline assessments

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Head teachers union calls on government to drop tests for seven year olds
 
Baseline assessments should be reinstated as part of an overhaul of primary assessment, a review published by the National...Read more

Half of working dads want to spend more time with their children

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Modern Families Index report reveals that working dads want a better work-life balance
 
Half of working fathers would prefer to have a less stressful job in order to spend more time taking care of their...Read more

Breakfast clubs offer working parents a “lifeline”

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Research suggests that a third would give up work without support of breakfast clubs
 
More than a quarter of parents believe that they or their partner would be forced out of work without the support of a...Read more

Confusion continues over children’s centre consultation

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DfE policy still unclear after life chances strategy dropped last year
 
The Department for Education (DfE) has refused to confirm whether a planned consultation on the future of children’s centres will go...Read more

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