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Government reveals 10,000 fewer early years providers plan to deliver 30-hour childcare offer

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Feb-17)

The Government has revealed that around 10,000 fewer early years providers plan to deliver the 30-hour childcare offer for three- and four-year-olds, than the number delivering the current 15-hour free entitlement. The.....

Nursery campaign group reports DfE to competition authority over 'price-fixing'

Sue Learner, Editor (20-Feb-17)

The campaign group 'Champagne Nurseries on Lemonade Funding' has lodged a formal complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority about the Government's 'price-fixing' of the childcare market. It claims.....

Charity disputes research which claims qualified nursery teachers have 'tiny effect' on children's learning

Sue Learner, Editor (17-Feb-17)

Save the Children has disputed research which found nurseries with a qualified nursery teacher have only a “tiny effect” on children’s attainment. Earlier this week, researchers from the Centre for Economic.....

Over half of English councils don't know if eligible parents will be able to access 30 hours free childcare

Angeline Albert, News Editor (08-Feb-17)

More than half of England’s councils (54 per cent) remain clueless about whether all eligible parents of three- and four-year-olds will get the ‘30 hours’ free childcare from this September, as promised by the Government. Major.....

Labour MP expresses concern over closure of more than 370 Sure Start children's centres

Charley Walker, News Editor (03-Feb-17)

A total of 377 Sure Start children’s centres have closed since 2010, according to recent parliamentary answers. Information obtained by Labour MP Dan Jarvis revealed that 64 Sure Start centres closed in 2016.....

Early years experts up in arms over proposed controversial tests for five-year-olds

Charley Walker, News Editor (01-Feb-17)

Children in Britain may be ‘guinea pigs’ for controversial new testing for five-year-olds, which has been rejected by other European countries. The possible new tests were disclosed in an ‘expression of interest’.....