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The Council for Awards in Childcare and Education (Cache) has launched a new qualification to offer childcare workers training and assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

A 5.3m contract to run Milton Keynes' network of Sure Start children's centres has been put out to tender by the city council.

Report exposes two-tier childcare

By Cathy Wallace |

09 October 2007

There are two distinct childcare markets in England: one for more affluent areas and one for more deprived areas, a major report published today (10 October) by the Daycare Trust has found.

The Northern Ireland Childminding Association (NICMA) is calling on its government to tackle a shortage of childminders in rural areas.

Leading professionals have said the baby care advice used in Channel 4 programme Bringing Up Baby could increase the risk of cot death.

The funding of childcare is "fundamentally flawed", according to a leading nurseries provider who has called for the removal of the "middle people" in funding arrangements.

Ten nurseries owned by the UK's largest childcare provider could face closure after parent company Busy Bees announced a review of services.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged to expand a 7.5m scheme where health visitors give support to disadvantaged new parents.

One in five people working in childcare centres in Scotland do not have a childcare qualification, Scottish Government figures show.

Consultation hears children's voices

By Cathy Wallace |

02 October 2007

A local authority has pioneered an innovative approach to involving children in shaping childcare in their area.