Welcome to the April 2019 issue of ChildCarer, the monthly e-newsletter compiled by childcare and early years research analyst Dan Weir.
New Financial Year Spotlights Funding Challenges
With the start of the financial year have come new challenges to the childcare sector. Increases to the national minimum wage and pension contributions mean that for settings who are already operating on tight margins, those could be about to get even slimmer.
Change in Law Means All Workers Entitled to Payslips
From 1st April, all workers in the UK (with some exceptions) are entitled to receive a payslip every month. This is likely to impact small childcare businesses that use more casual or informal structures for their staff.
Labour Vows to Scrap Baseline Testing
With Brexit kicked into the long grass for a while, some politicians are taking the chance to talk about other subjects. Childcare is always a hot-button topic, and one where votes can be won (important when there could be an election in the near future). Against this backdrop, Labour have announced their intention to scrap the baseline tests for four and primary school children and instead develop ways to measure schools without testing children directly.
New Umbrella Body for Childminder Agencies
Childminder Agencies were the brainchild of Conservative MP Liz Truss when she was childcare minister back in the coalition government. Based on similar continental schemes, they were intended to revolutionise the way childminding is delivered in the UK
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Crossing the Border Cancels Childcare Funding
Responsibility for childcare policy is devolved to the national governments, in other words there are different childcare regimes in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. For the most part this means that the different home nations are able to design and deliver a system that meets their individual needs, or at least that is the theory.
Special guests announced for leading education event
Childcare Expo is celebrating its 10th birthday throughout 2019, and following the huge success of the recent London event, the party is set to continue at EventCity in Manchester this Summer.
Another way to fill childminder spaces
If you have the capacity, why not register as an Emergency Childcare provider? My Family Care tells us more….
Have you registered for Children's Activities Week yet?
Now in its second year, Children’s Activities Week is a national celebration of all the clubs, classes and activities that take place every day across the UK.