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Free early years education closes gap between well-off and poor

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Jul-15)

Free childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds is succeeding in closing the gap between children from low-income families and their more well-off counterparts, according to a new report from a longitudinal study. The.....

Parents to face holiday childcare struggle as number of places drop

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (16-Jul-15)

The number of childcare places available across the country is reported to have decreased significantly according to the annual Holiday Childcare Survey, published by the Family and Childcare Trust. The study highlights the problems.....

Disadvantaged two-year-olds missing out on free early years education

Richard Howard, News Editor (13-Jul-15)

According to England’s education watchdog, Ofsted, early years provision has never been performing better, as shown by inspection results that find 85 per cent of settings are now judged to be ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. While early.....

Chancellor announces cuts to Child Tax Credits and introduction of National Living Wage in Summer Budget

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (09-Jul-15)

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has revealed the first Summer Budget under the new Conservative Government, citing plans to introduce a new National Living Wage and reductions to Child Tax Credits. In.....

Nurseries given guidance on new legal duties to tackle extremism

Sue Learner, News Editor (01-Jul-15)

Early years providers have been given advice on how to help protect children from the risk of radicalisation and extremism. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has issued the advice to clarify the roles of.....