Nursery groups on expansion trail

Nursery groups on expansion trail Children 1st Day Nurseries has acquired three settings in Leicestershire, while Portico nursery group has added another setting. Children 1st Nurseries, which operates settings through the Midlands and South Yorkshire, has purchased a chain of three settings in Leicestershire – Moors Farm Nursery in Hathern, The Gables Nursery in Syston, […]

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Children’s services directors wary of moves to “professionalise” foster carers

Directors of children’s services fear moves to professionalise foster carers would drive up costs and hinder recruitment without benefiting children and young people. In evidence to the government’s fostering stocktake, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) said ministers should be wary of creating “potential perverse incentives” if they backed calls for foster carers […]

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Children’s services news

Young care leavers in Liverpool will no longer have to pay Council Tax Young people in Liverpool who are leaving care will no longer have to pay council tax , under new measures. The council’s cabinet is expected to sign off plans next week which will benefit young people up to the age of 21 […]

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DfE innovation project “saves councils up to £2m a year”

An early intervention project that received funding through the Department for Education’s social care innovation programme saves councils up to £2.1m a year, an evaluation report has found. The Pause project – which was first set up in Hackney to support women who have already had a child taken into care to break the cycle […]

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New specialist homecare service; tackling the social care crisis; & opening of luxury care home

Firm launches new nurse-led specialist homecare service Home care provider MyLife Living Assistance has received approval from the Care Quality Commission to launch a nurse-led homecare business serving Canterbury and the surrounding areas. The company already provides home care in the local area and recently received an “outstanding” rating for caring following its latest inspection by […]

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Foster care news

Research: Reading improves relationship between foster carers and children NEW research undertaken by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) on behalf of BookTrust, the largest children’s reading charity in the UK, shows that 90% of foster carers who read with their child say it has made a positive impact on the relationship between them. Shared reading helped […]

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Adult social care news

Size matters in care homes and domiciliary care with small doing better than large, says CQC Just over three-quarters of adult social care services in England have been rated good and two per cent are outstanding, says the country’s watchdog, but it warns not all care homes and domiciliary services offer ‘good enough’ care, revealing […]

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Government unveils teacher mental health training plans

Government unveils teacher mental health training plans Every secondary school in England is to have a mental health “first aid champion” to identify and respond to the early signs of mental illness in children, under plans announced today.  Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the training will help fill a gap in many teachers’ knowledge of […]

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Childcare news – hourly childcare costs; further investment in 30-hours pilot

Santander funding supports nursery purchase An Ivybridge-based children’s nursery business has secured investment from Santander Corporate & Commercial to fund an acquisition. Millswood Day Nursery has used £167,000 from the bank to purchase another nursery in the area, Woodlanders Day Nursery. The deal secures the jobs of the existing members of staff. Between the two […]

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