February 2024

NEWS: Childminders included in wraparound childcare guidance for schools

Today the DfE published it's guidance for schools and trusts on their role in providing wraparound childcare to children of primary school age. This guidance outlines the role of schools and trusts and is designed to both, regardless of their involvement with the wraparound national childcare programme.


NEWS: Brand new recruitment campaign for early years launched

A new national recruitment campaign in England has been launched by the Department of Education today across TV, cinema, online, radio and out of home advertising to encourage people to start a career working with small children ahead of the first phase of the largest ever expansion in free childcare starting in April.

A £1,000 sign-on bonus for childcare workers - which will cover 20 local authorities across England- is also being launched today to increase capacity, tackle unemployment, and offer more childcare places. The trial will give new-starters and returners a tax-free cash payment shortly after they take up post.