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Childcare costs rising faster than wages

Childcare costs rising faster than wages, says TUC

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Research shows that average costs for one-year-old care rose 48% between 2008 and 2016
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Houses of parliament, London

APPG to discuss the financial security of early years settings

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Group will meet in House of Commons on 1 NovemberRead more

30-hours funding will hurt poorer families the most, Alliance warns

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Alliance raises funding concerns at parliamentary lobbyRead more
DfE statistics on 30-hours codes

20,000 eligibility codes have yet to be validated

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DfE statistics show that 10% of issued eligibility codes have not been validatedRead more

30-hours debate to take place at House of Commons

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MPs to debate impact of 30-hours ‘free childcare’ offerRead more

Recruitment concerns

Nearly half of early years settings have unfilled vacancies, new survey finds

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Survey finds that 12,580 vacancies remain unfilled at early years settingsRead more
Ofsted new framework

Ofsted launches new five-year strategy

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Strategy focuses on “intelligent, responsible and focused inspection and regulation”Read more
30 hours could widen gap

30-hours could widen the social mobility gap, says Sutton Trust

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Social mobility foundation says that government should focus on quality over quantity in early yearsRead more
early language development

Report links early language to child wellbeing

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Research from the Early Intervention Foundation suggests early language is as important as obesity as a sign of wellbeingRead more
Childminder ratio rules

Rules on ratios could be relaxed for childminders with 30-hours children

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DfE says that childminders may be able to work outside of current ratios if they provide wraparound careRead more

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