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Flexibility in childcare services increased last year, with a higher proportion of providers offering longer opening hours and school holiday sessions, a new report has found. The Care Inspectorate said there was a "considerable increase" in the opening times of many daycare services such as nurseries and playgroups. It found…
Nurseries and other childcare providers will "likely" recruit new staff from other parts of the care sector as the industry expands in a bid to meet a flagship Scottish Government target, a new report has warned. Ministers are committed to increasing the number of hours of free childcare eligible youngsters…
Parents are still waiting in "limbo" because of failings in the Government's 30 hours of free childcare scheme, Labour has said. Shadow education minister Tracy Brabin attacked the policy for being "shrouded in secrecy, misinformation and mayhem" and said it was now time for answers from the Government. In an…
Nursery workers' wages could have to be slashed to pay for the Government's 30 hours of free childcare scheme, according to new research. The New Economics Foundation think tank found nurseries would have to pay staff £7.33 an hour - below the minimum wage - to break even without passing…
Parents are facing soaring childcare costs as the Government's controversial business rates review heaps financial pressure on nurseries, new research has shown. Nurseries and play schools will have to stomach a 26% business rates hike to £110.72 million per year until 2022, according to figures compiled for the Press Association…
The number of childcare providers in Scotland has fallen to a new low, according to Labour. Analysis of official figures by the party found there was a total of 9,282 childcare providers in March, including nursery staff. This is down by almost 1,000 on the 10,250 recorded in December 2008.…
The follow-up check for new mothers needs to be improved to ensure women with mental health problems do not fall through gaps in the system, a parenting charity has said. The GP postnatal check-up, which is usually offered to new mothers six weeks after the birth of their baby, should…
Poor children should be given as much high-quality early education and care as possible, a leading expert has said. There is a huge "pay off" for youngsters from disadvantaged homes who get access to early years education, according to Andreas Schleicher. A landmark new study by the Organisation for Economic…
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