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A new campaign has been launched in a bid to promote more “gender-equal play” in nurseries and childcare.The Care Inspectorate – the body which inspects registered childcare providers – said the initiative has been brought in because “childhood and play is becoming more gendered and polarised between girls and boys”.It…
A project to recruit more nursery staff from ethnic minorities has been launched by the Scottish Government.The £140,000 scheme aims to increase the diversity of the early learning and childcare (ELC) workforce while attempting to recruit enough staff to deliver the near-doubling of free childcare.It has been estimated up to…
High earners should have childcare subsidies scrapped to give a boost to low-income families under Universal Credit, the architects of the reforms have said.The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) think-tank, in a joint report with Save the Children, argues the Government's flagship welfare reform should fund 100% of childcare payments…
The capacity of childcare services in Scotland has decreased, prompting renewed fears the Scottish Government will not be able to meet its pledge to expand free nursery provision.It has pledged to increase paid-for nursery places from the current 600 hours to 1,140 for three and four-year olds, and eligible two-year…
More than one in 10 nursery staff say they often hear children swearing, a survey suggests.Thirteen percent of those surveyed said they had seen a general increase in the number of children swearing in nurseries, and 12% highlighted that they often hear children using profanities.The poll was conducted by daynurseries.co.uk…
Increasing the number of hours of free early learning and child care provision will be “absolutely transformative”, Maree Todd has said.Under Scottish Government plans, by August 2020 every three and four-year-old in Scotland, and some two-year-olds, will be eligible for 1,140 funded hours per year.It is an increase on the…
Almost a third of nursery nurses and pupil support assistants in Edinburgh do not feel safe at work, according to a survey on violence by unions.The research by Unison and the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) found more than half of nursery nurses and pupil support assistants (50.6%) said they…
More than two thirds of three to five-year-olds attending council nurseries have places for just three hours and 10 minutes per day, according to a new report. A study by childcare campaign group Fair Funding for our Kids found that 68% of all council nursery places for three to five-year-olds…
Union and council leaders in Glasgow say they have had a “positive and constructive” meeting following a two-day strike over equal pay.Hundreds of schools were closed and care services affected when more than 8,000 members of the Unison and GMB unions walked out on Tuesday for the 48-hour strike –…
A £50,000 fund has been announced to help boost the number of men working in childcare.Around 4% of the current workforce for children’s daycare across Scotland are men.The Scottish Government’s new Men in Early Years Challenge Fund will be split into two awards of £25,000 and given to two colleges…
Almost two thirds (61%) of councils fear maintained nurseries in their area will close unless future funding is protected.It could mean thousands of children with special needs missing out on the care and support they need, a survey suggests.Since 2017, the Government has provided £55 million each year in supplementary…
Thousands of council workers have marched through Glasgow in a strike over equal pay which has shut hundreds of schools and affected home care services.More than 8,000 Unison and GMB members walked out on Tuesday in a 48-hour strike - believed to be the biggest of its kind.Around 12,500 workers,…
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