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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 …

Before and after school childcare: Everything you need to know about wraparound care

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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 …

King’s birthday honours list 2023: Near 100 honoured for contributions to education and childcare

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For the King’s first Birthday Honours, we’re delighted that almost one hundred people have been recognised for their contributions to education. The list includes foster carers, campaigners, educators and fundraisers from across the country. “For the King’s first Birthday Honours, …

Childminders can continue to operate from home if someone in their house has tested positive for Covid

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From 17 March childminders can continue to operate at home if someone in a childminder’s household has tested positive or has COVID-19 symptoms. Here we answer some of the questions you might have about the changes in the guidance. I …

School closures, remote learning, critical workers, nurseries and more: your lockdown education questions answered

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This week the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown to help combat the spread of Covid-19. This is a guide to what it means for schools, colleges, early years settings and more.