Mixed reception for long-hours school proposal

Proposals
from education secretary Charles Clarke to extend school opening to 10 hours a
day in a bid to provide affordable childcare have had a mixed response.

The
plan was welcomed by national childcare campaigner Daycare Trust who said it was an effective way of
maximising existing resources to fill the childcare gap.

However,
the GMB trade union said school support staff already work more than 100,000 
unpaid
hours a week.

The
National Childminding Association and Accor
Services are holding a free event, supported by Personnel Today, to talk
employers through new National Insurance changes that effect childcare
provision. The ‘Helping Families, Helping

Business’
event takes place on 20 September 2004.
Telephone 020 8290 8976 for a free ticket.

For
more information, go to www.ncma.org.uk

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