Staff at Kids Allowed decided to make 2018 a year of reflection and change, after being inspired by the lead that Cheryl Hadland of the Hadland Care Group has taken with the approach to our oceans and environment. They wanted to begin by “Challenging the nonsense!” in order to cut down on single-use plastics. Here, Jennie Johnson tells QA Nursery about her quest to reduce waste in nurseries...
After the much published topic of glitter use in nurseries, it got me thinking about other practices used in our centres which - in hindsight - are harmful to the environment.
Last year the Government launched a childcare boost for working parents in the form of 30 hours free childcare for working parents. Editor Victoria Galligan looks at how the grant scheme has changed the childcare industry in the last 12 months.
In April 2017, nearly 18,000 places were offered by nurseries and other childcare providers, at a cost of £55million to the taxpayer. The aim was to get more parents – especially women – back into work after having children, and to encourage them to work longer hours without struggling to pay for childcare.
Our editor Victoria Galligan looks at the big changes ahead for tax-free childcare and asks: are some parents going to be left worse off?
Parents have been entitled to a voucher scheme to make savings on childcare since 1989. But many parents are missing out for two reasons – because they don’t know they are entitled to them and because the scheme is about to change.