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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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Latest EPPSE findings assert lasting effects of pre-school

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Children who attend pre-school are more likely to take AS-level exams than those who don’t, new research has suggested....Read more

Government responds to Affordable Childcare Committee report

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The government has finally responded to a report by the House of Lords Affordable Childcare Committee, nearly a year after it was published.

The...Read more

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Commons seeks views on Childcare Bill

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Early years practitioners are invited to submit their views on the Childcare Bill, the House of Commons has confirmed....Read more

£300m for 30 hours scheme as plans for ‘national funding formula’ are announced

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The government will invest £300 million to increase the average hourly rate childcare providers receive, chancellor George Osborne has confirmed today (25 November).

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