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'No specific reason' 30-hour childcare scheme 'will not be a success', report finds

Melissa McAlees (17-Jul-17)

An evaluation of the 30-hour pilot has concluded that there is 'no specific reason' to believe that the policy will 'not be a success', even though almost half of nurseries reported limiting places in order to be able to offer extended.....

'Devastated' nurseries shut down after 'lousy' funding causes heavy losses

Angeline Albert (14-Jul-17)

Nurseries across England are closing because the Government’s 30 hour ‘free' childcare policy and mounting business pressures are forcing them out of business. Three and four-year-olds of working parents.....

London nursery group 'sick of qualifications snobbery' opts to call all staff nursery teachers

Sue Learner (11-Jul-17)

The head of the UK’s largest social enterprise nursery group has said she is “tired of being held back by a system that divides us by the snobbery of qualifications” and has decided to give all her staff the title of nursery teacher. June.....

England joins international PISA study using tablet-based tests on five-year-olds

Sue Learner (07-Jul-17)

The Department for Education has revealed that 20 schools and childcare settings in England are to take part in a pilot testing scheme on five-year-olds as part of an international study. Researchers say.....