Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Teacher recruitment service set to save schools millions
The Department for Education has launched a new recruitment site called 'Teaching Vacancies' where schools can advertise full, part-time and job-share roles.
To avoid expensive charges when advertising available roles – said to cost, on average, more than £1,000 per advert with some agencies – more than 8,000 schools (38 per cent) nationwide have already signed up to the service.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds has told schools they should now stop using agencies that charge ‘excessive’ fees to pay to list job adverts and switch to the new, free-of-charge service.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: "Teachers are the beating heart of our education system and school leaders want to make sure they recruit the best to inspire students. But finding the best has become very expensive.
"With every school in the country now having access to this completely free site, I am calling on schools to ditch platforms that charge a fee. Why spend £1,000 on a service you can get for free? As we head into the Easter holidays, where teachers may be thinking about their next classroom move, I want to make sure school leaders are signed up to this free site – allowing them to maximise the money they have to spend in our schools."