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Exclusive: Half of councils fail to secure sufficient free childcare places

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014

More than half of local authorities will be unable to provide all disadvantaged two-year-olds with access to free childcare when the government’s flagship scheme expands next month, CYP Now can reveal.

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secure  Councils fall short in provision of childcare places for two-year-olds

CYP Now investigation reveals that more than half of local authorities will have a shortfall of available places when then government's free childcare scheme for disadvantaged two-year-olds expands on 1 September.

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