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Childcare aid for young parents

TEENAGE parents are to get up to pound;120 a week towards childcare so they can study for A-levels. The Learning and Skills Council, responsible for post-16 education and training, is investing pound;1.5m in a pilot scheme to help at least 400 young parents attend school sixth forms and sixth-form colleges. The cash will be distributed among the 47 regional funding councils in England, who will decide which parents should benefit. Parents will have a choice of childcare providers and could even give the money to the child's grandparents, if they are the carers. There are around 35,000 teenage parents in England. About 5,000 of them are at further education or sixth-form colleges or studying for A and AS-levels at school.

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