As all providers of Early Years services will be aware, The Childcare Act 2016 provided for an additional 15 hours of free childcare for certain working parents of eligible 3 and 4 year olds, on top of the existing universal provision of 15 hours of free childcare. This new “extended entitlement” of 30 hours of free childcare is due to be introduced throughout England from September 2017, and has already commenced in a few pilot areas.
Running for its seventh consecutive year, the Midlands Childcare Expo will take place on 30th September and 1st October 2016 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. This popular event is an ideal opportunity for Early Years’ professionals to discover new ways to deliver childcare and to learn about the very latest resources now available to do the job effectively and efficiently, whatever their setting.
With summer officially over, and most kids back at school, you are probably left breathless at the speed with which it passed. A lucky few will have loved every moment of precious quality time with their families; some will have enjoyed certain high points and many of you will be breathing a huge sigh of relief that the constant weather watching is done and that the enduring (yet rarely fulfilled) expectation of a long stretch of perfect summer days is no longer a feature of our daily lives.
Team GB have come a long way in the twenty years since the Atlanta 1996 games, at which we limped into 36th place on the medals table with just one gold. The amazing team of sports men and women at Rio 2016 have so far thrilled us all, rewriting their Olympic history and currently sitting in second place with an astonishing 19 gold and silver medals and a juicy haul of 12 bronze.
Whilst the Brexit strategy enters its formative weeks, it is clear that nothing much is going to happen over the summer months, which means that us Brits are probably stuck with a weak currency for the foreseeable future. It is estimated that the sudden and significant rise in the cost of holidaying abroad will lead up to 2.5 million more of us deciding to holiday at home this year. Which is not all doom and gloom, as our little island has so much to offer, much of it right on our doorsteps or just a short car ride away.