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Childcare professionals have made a formal complaint to the competition watchdog over government efforts to introduce 30 hours of free childcare, claiming it is abusing its control of the market and effectively fixing prices.

The number of children's centres at a council rated "inadequate" by Ofsted will be cut by more than a fifth, with those remaining being run by schools in the future, as part of plans to save more than £1.6m by 2020.

The way young people with special educational needs are funded in Leeds is among a number of areas of practice to be praised following an inspection of provision.

An initiative designed to attract thousands of volunteers to youth work and early years initiatives has been launched by government.

Ladybirds and Brookvale nursery cluster caters for a high proportion of children with SEND by having a permanent special educational needs co-ordinator (Senco).

More than half of children currently claiming 15 hours of government-funded childcare a week will not qualify for extended hours to be offered later this year, the government has revealed. 

Attempts to improve links between schools and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are largely working, a study has found.

More than half of school leaders across England and Wales struggle to find mental health services for pupils who need help, research has found. 

The government is to significantly reduce the number of lone child refugees it plans to accept from Europe, claiming that local authorities do not have the capacity to accommodate them.

A council in the south west of England has handed the running of its youth services to an independent social enterprise that will be backed with £5m of funding over the next three years.