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Cost of raising a child

Cost of raising a child rises faster than funding levels

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The cost of raising a child in 2017 has reached £75,436, excluding housing, childcare and council tax, according to a report from the Child Poverty Action Group...Read more
childcare service compensation

Parents offered compensation after Childcare Service technical issues

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HMRC is offering some parents compensation after continuing problems with the governments Childcare Service websiteRead more

Nicky Morgan demands answers on Childcare Service website problems

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Nicky Morgan has asked for answers from HMRC on the performance of its Childcare Service website.Read more
Closing the gap report

New report finds slow progress on achieving equal outcomes in education

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The gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children is closing at a “very slow rate”, according to a new report from the Education Policy Institute.Read more

Jobseekers warned over recruitment scams

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Jobseekers in several sectors, including childcare and early education, have been warned about a growing number of recruitment-based scamsRead more
Children's Food Trust

Children’s Food Trust to close

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The Children’s Food Trust has announced that it is closing. The charity announced the news on its website today, where it also reflected on its “genuine and positive” contribution to children’s health in the UK.Read more
30 hours available to four year olds

Applications for 30-hours ‘free childcare’ open to four-year-olds

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The government has announced that working parents of children aged four-years-old can now apply for 30-hours of funded childcare to use from September onwardsRead more
Insights into the EYFS

Alliance publishes Insights into the EYFS

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A new publication from the Alliance offers a practical guide to the EYFS and associated guidance, as well as Ofsted registration and inspections. Insights into the EYFS is now available to members and non-members from the...Read more

Early trials show risks to 30 hours 'free childcare' offer

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Rising delivery costs, falling profits and staff recruitment are all risks to the 30 hours free childcare offer, highlights a new report evaluating trials of the policy....Read more

Alliance launches new online training course on supporting children with SEND

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We have launched a new online training course to support early years providers working with children with special educational needsRead more

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