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child care

  1. (generically) any matter associated with the upbringing and welfare of children, both familial and in relation to welfare services. Sociologists have concerned themselves with aspects of both. Studies of child care have included a focus on SOCIALIZATION historically and comparatively across class and cultural groups. Similarly, issues such as nursery provision, the educational system, primary health care and poverty in relation to childrens welfare have all attracted much sociological attention. See also CHILD DEVELOPMENT, CHILDHOOD.
  2. (more narrowly) the role of the child-care officer (see the Seebohm Report), a SOCIAL WORKER who has a duty to investigate any situation in which a child's welfare is thought to be at risk as a result of abuse, neglect or desertion or because a child is offending or is deemed to be beyond control. See also CHILD ABUSE.
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Also, if you work (both must work if a couple) and have total family income under PS40,000 you may be entitled to childcare tax-credits, worth PS1,000s for some.
Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: "School holidays, like Easter, are great fun for kids but working parents can need help with childcare.
Parents, including the self-employed, can apply online for tax-free childcare for children under 12.
And even if parents can afford childcare it is not always available.
A Welsh Government spokesman said: "We are rolling out our highly-ambitious free childcare offer, which is specifically designed to help parents of three and four year olds to remain in or return to work.
They can also access the government's childcare calculator through the organisation, which helps parents to choose which government childcare support is best for them.
Since opening the childcare service, through which parents apply for 30 hours free childcare and Tax-Free Childcare, more than 325,000 customers have successfully applied and are now using the service.
However, over the same period, childcare costs shot up by a massive 67 per cent.
In London, childcare has risen seven times more quickly than pay, in the East Midlands seven times, and in West Midlands five times,the mirror reported.
Our analysis shows that the cost of childcare for young children has risen 3.
Its research in the North East revealed: |A single parent working full-time with a one-year-old in nursery for 21 hours a week (21 hours is the median amount of childcare used per week for pre-school age children) spent 21% of their wages on childcare in 2016, up from 15% in 2008.
The Childcare For All coalition said: "With ongoing political instability, the roll-out of welfare reform and changes to the financial landscape of support with childcare costs, it is critical childcare is an issue that is given high priority by the Executive.