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parent-and-childminder report: Sector contests claims of huge childcare fee rise

The early years sector has disputed claims made by that childcare costs have increased by 19 per cent in the past year.


Employers call for clarity on Tax Free Childcare

Many employers are confused about the benefits of the Government's new Tax-Free Childcare scheme and unclear about how they will be involved, new research suggests....


More Affordable Childcare: the key points

A handy guide to the main proposals out for consultation in the Government's 'More Affordable Childcare' report


More Affordable Childcare: Sector reaction

Early years organisations have warned that plans to relax the number of hours a day that parents can use informal childcare could lead to some providers de-registering...


Childcare costs - fears grow on the future of childcare vouchers

Childcare voucher companies are urging the Government not to abandon but extend the current scheme, amid speculation that childcare tax breaks may be brought in...


Cutting ratios no solution, says early years expert

A leading academic has spoken out against Government plans to allow nursery staff and childminders to care for more children, warning that international evidence...


Denmark holds the key to affordable childcare, think tank argues

Ministers should look to Denmark, not the Netherlands, for ways of cutting the costs of childcare, a new report by the IPPR argues today.


Integration of childcare and early education services is long overdue

Our early childhood system is fragmented, segregating, wasteful and riven by inequality says Peter Moss. Separate childcare and education sectors, with different...


Going Dutch? - The dangers of deregulation

The Netherlands experiment with childminding deregulation lauded by some MPs here, has in fact led to more expensive childcare and a drop in quality, say Eva Lloyd...


Childcare fees struggling to match costs

Nurseries and childminders have been sharing their experiences following last week's publication of the Daycare Trust's annual childcare costs survey, which revealed...

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