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Latest childcare news


Call for Scottish nurseries to open longer

22 February 2018


New research showed that nine out of ten Scottish council-run nurseries are not open for long enough for working parents.  Read more

Parents should register this month for a summer 30 hours place

12 February 2018

Parents with children who will be aged three by the summer term should register for a 30 hours funded place by end of February.  Read more

Government announces extension to two-year-old scheme

08 February 2018

Nadhim Zahawi 

In light of the rollout of national Universal Credit, the government have announced it will support more disadvantaged two-year-olds to receive free early years education.  Read more

 
 
 
 

NDNA response to first session of Treasury Select Committee childcare inquiry

01 February 2018




The first evidence was submitted yesterday in Parliament (31 Jan) to the Treasury Select Committee inquiry into childcare.  Read more

 
 
 
 

Fewer than one in three women with nursery children are in full time work

23 January 2018



Save the Children have released figures that almost half a million mothers of young children are looking for work or wanting to increase their hours due to a lack of affordable childcare.  Read more

 
 
 
 

Tax-free childcare roll-out continues

16 January 2018



Parents of children aged seven and eight can now apply for tax-free childcare on the Childcare Choices website, says HMRC.  Read more

 
 
 
 

Economic assessment report: childcare in Wales is low paid sector

11 January 2018




A report published by the Welsh Government this week shows the significant impact that childcare has on the economy.  Read more

 
 
 
 

Minister Robert Goodwill left role

9 January 2018




Children and Families Minister Robert Goodwill MP who had responsibility for childcare and early years has left the role in the New Year reshuffle.  Read more

 
 
 
 

New Education Secretary takes the reins

9 January 2018




Damian Hinds MP has taken over Secretary of State for Education following the resignation of Justine Greening.  Read more

 
 
 
 

Foster children will receive 30 funded hours in England

20 December 2017




Minister Robert Goodwill has agreed to include foster children in the 30 hours scheme.  Read more

 
 
 
 

202,000 children access 30 hours during the Autumn term

20 December 2017

The Department for Education released its first set of statistics for the first term of extended funded childcare in England  Read more

 
 
 
 

Ambitious new plan to develop Wales' childcare workforce

15 December 2017

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The Welsh Government has today (15 December 2017) unveiled a new 10 year plan to grow and develop a highly skilled childcare workforce to support its ambitious plans to deliver free childcare for 3-4 year olds in Wales.

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Scottish Government launches 2018-19 Draft Budget

14 December 2017

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The Scottish Government has announced its 2018-19 Draft Budget, with an investment of £243 million towards providing 1,140 hours of childcare per year.

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£50m for more nursery provision in schools

14 December 2017

Justine Greening

Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced a £50m investment for nurseries in schools, so disadvantaged children can benefit from high quality provision. Read more

 
 

Ofsted Annual Report 2017 launched

  13 December 2017

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Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman has today launched the Ofsted Annual Report in Parliament. Read more

 
 

Welsh Government announces small business rates relief scheme

  13 December 2017

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The Welsh Government has today announced a small business rates relief scheme which will benefit nursery businesses in Wales. Read more

 
 

DfE consultation on standards for level 2

  7 December 2017

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The Department for Education has launched a consultation on the proposed criteria for the minimum content of level 2 early years assistant qualifications. Read more

 
 

Education Select Committee Chairman suggests lowering childcare eligibility thresholds

5 December 2017



Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee has proposed lowering the "generous threshold" for tax-free childcare and "similarly generous earnings cap" for 30 hours.  Read more

 
 

Congratulations to NMT Nursery Awards winners 2017

4 December 2017


This year's award winners were announced at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel - and nearly all are NDNA members.  Read more

 
 

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