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Wraparound childcare: Everything you need to know about before and after school childcare

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We’re supporting working families through the UK government’s biggest ever investment in childcare, to make it more affordable, available and flexible. As part of this announcement, we’re expanding wraparound care for primary school children across England by increasing the number …

Thousands of parents of 9-month-olds can now apply for 15 hours free childcare - here's how

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We’re making the biggest investment by a UK government into childcare in history, doubling the amount we expect to spend over the next few years from around £4 billion to around £8 billion each year. We've already started to rollout the expansion. Hundreds …

How to register as a childminder and receive a grant worth up to £1,200

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become a childminder

We’re making the biggest investment by a UK government into childcare in history. Parents have the flexibility to choose how they spend their government-funded hours – and many are opting to use childminders. Being a childminder is a rewarding role where you can …

Everything you need to know about apprenticeships in early years and how to find one

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early years apprenticeships

Early years educators play a vital and rewarding role in helping children get the best start for life and preparing them to begin school.  There are several routes into a role in early years, including apprenticeships. Becoming an apprentice enables …

What we're doing to recruit more early years workers including trialling a £1k sign-on bonus

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We’re taking important steps to deliver the expanded  30 hours free childcare scheme for working parents from when their child turns nine-months-old until they start school, saving them £6,500 a year.  Over 100,000 parents of two-year-olds have already registered their children …

The King's New Year Honours list 2024: honours for contributions to education, skills and children’s social care

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NY Honours 2024

Over 90 Brits from across the country have been recognised in the King’s New Year Honours for their contribution to education, skills and children’s social care.   Foster carers, campaigners, educators and fundraisers have been awarded an OBE, MBE, DBE, …

New Year and King’s Birthday Honours: How to nominate someone who is making a difference

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Honours

Every year, people who have made a significant contribution to public life through vital and extraordinary work are recognised with an honour awarded by the King. Most of the awards are given to those who have been nominated by a …