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.
Worcestershire County Council is to launch a new academy for social workers in the region in the New Year.
The Social Work Academy, for both those who work with children and adults, will be a one-stop-shop for new recruits and experienced social workers to access training and to develop their careers. It has been designed to enable social workers at all levels of experience to easily access training.
Worcestershire County Council currently employs approximately 350 social workers who work together to improve the lives of children and young people in the county and support the county's most vulnerable adults.
Councillor Adrian Hardman, cabinet member for Adult Services said: "We want Worcestershire's social workers to be the best that they can be to provide excellent services to children, families and to the vulnerable adults who need their support. Supporting and retaining our workforce is extremely important to us. The Social Work Academy will bring together, in one place, all of the excellent training and professional development that we are already doing. Worcestershire is an excellent place to live and work and the Social Work Academy will help us to attract even more of the very best social workers to the county."