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Higher income families will be main beneficiaries of 30-hours scheme, report claims

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The 30-hours free childcare scheme is likely to be more beneficial for higher income families than those living on the minimum wage, a new report has claimed.
 
According to the report from Centreforum – “Widening the...Read more

Report shows free childcare has little lasting impact

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A recent study has suggested that free part-time pre-school care for three year olds has had little lasting impact.
 
The study – “Universal Pre-school Education: The Case for Public Funding with Private Provision”,...Read more

New partnership sets the standard for children’s nutrition

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Young children’s nutrition will get a welcome boost from today with the launch of the Early Years Nutrition (EYN) Partnership.

The EYN Partnership sets a new standard for nutrition practice in early years settings, providing ‘hands-on’...Read more

DfE to spend £3 million on support for 30-hours offer

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The DfE is to launch a tender for a two-year contract to support the 30-hours free childcare initiative, on which it plans to spend approximately £3 million.
 
It will look for a national organisation or consortium to...Read more

Further local authorities reveal funding for 30-hours pilot

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Local authorities in Northumberland, Hertfordshire and the London Borough of Newham have now revealed funding details for their 30-hours childcare pilot, following...Read more

Thousands of under-fives not ‘school ready’, study claims

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Nearly a third of children are not ‘school ready’ when they start reception, with many not toilet-trained, a national survey has claimed.
 
The State of Education survey – carried out by schools support service The...Read more

Consultation on childcarer disqualification rules excludes childminders

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A new government consultation on the changes to disqualification arrangements for childcare workers will apply only to schools and non-domestic registered settings.
 
The government plans to revise arrangements for...Read more

30 providers withdraw from 30-hours pilot in York

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More than 30 early years providers in York have pulled out of the 30-hours free entitlement ‘early implementation’ scheme due to insufficient funding.
 

Headteachers call for more early years funding

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The National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) called for better funding and status for the early years sector at its annual conference in Birmingham last weekend.
 
The school leaders’ union said that existing...Read more

Funding revealed for York’s 30-hours pilot

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Early years settings in York will receive an average of £3.66 per hour if they take part in the 30-hours childcare pilot, Nursery World reports.
 
The City of York council has allegedly confirmed that its providers...Read more

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