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Summer childcare costs rise by five per cent

By Neil Puffett |

18 July 2018

The cost of childcare during the school summer holidays is set to be five per cent more expensive than last year, a study has found.

A group of MPs have criticised Education Secretary Damian Hinds' "unwise" decision to become personally involved in the appointment of the new chair of the Social Mobility Commission.

Trials of the controversial new test for reception-age children are to get under way in September, the organisation developing the checks has confirmed.

Children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has dismissed fears that eligibility rules for the government's 30 hours free childcare offer are unfairly benefitting the affluent, labelling concerns raised by education select committee chair Robert Halfon as "faux outrage".

Government plans to introduce a baseline test for reception age children to measure their progress throughout primary school are "flawed, unjustified and wholly unfit for purpose", a study by a group of leading education experts has concluded.

The government is to change regulations so that people who live with serious offenders can get a childcare job in nurseries and schools, amid concerns the current system is unfair.

A number of interventions commonly used to improve the wellbeing of expectant parents and newborns lack evidence of their effectiveness, a study has concluded.

Childminders leave sector at rate of six-a-day

By Joe Lepper |

27 June 2018

An average of six childminders a day left the sector in the three months ending in March this year, new figures show.

Labour would directly fund early years providers to deliver the government's 30-hour free childcare offer, instead of channelling money through local authorities as currently happens.

CYP Now has assembled some first-rate speakers for our sixth annual national Early Help conference, taking place on Wednesday 19 September 2018 in central London.