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Initiative aims to tackle stress in early years workforce

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

13 February 2019

Early years providers are urged to take part in a government-backed initiative which aims to cut stressors that are "taking their toll" on the workforce.

Reform of the "perverse" 30 hours funded childcare offer is vital, MPs have claimed - after finding the government's early years policies are worsening disadvantage.

Providers of early years services in Norfolk have criticised the county council's handling of plans to close dozens of children's centres, with some claiming the authority has "misled" the public.

More than half of early years employers have reported skills gaps in their staffing, and training is set to decrease, according to a new survey.

An early years initiative aimed at reducing isolation and stress among families in deprived areas is to benefit from Harvard University research and development support.

More than 40 per cent of childcare workers are claiming benefits or tax credits as a result of being poorly paid - a higher proportion than less-qualified hairdressers and beauticians.

A "dramatic" rise in the number of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) accessing early education is leading to a funding crisis in the sector, a childcare organisation has warned.

Spending on Sure Start children's centres and services for under fives plummeted by £110m last year, according to latest government data.

Former Rotherham children's chief awarded CBE

By Joanne Parkes |

04 January 2019

A council chief who was credited with turning around Rotherham children's services following the borough's child sexual exploitation scandal, has been awarded a CBE.

Around a third of parents on low incomes are unaware of the government's 30-hour free childcare offer, a Department for Education survey has revealed.