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'Inadequate' council to close one in five children's centres

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

20 February 2017

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.

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.

Ofsted praises SEN funding approach in Leeds

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

17 February 2017

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.

As many as 800,000 children are at risk of starting school behind their peers in literacy and numeracy because of a shortage of early years teachers, a charity has warned.

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

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. 

More than 40 per cent of councils believe childcare settings will take a financial hit from government plans to double free childcare entitlement to 30 hours a week from September, a study has found.

Children's centres disappear at rate of 10 a month

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

02 February 2017

The number of children's centres that have been closed or downgraded has increased by more than 100 in the past 10 months, taking the total to 1,130 since 2010.

Council to transfer 15 children's centres to schools

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

02 February 2017

A West Midlands local authority is to hand responsibility for running 15 children's centres to local schools under plans to cut £1.4m from its annual budget.

Around a quarter of health visitor posts could be axed under plans being considered by an NHS Foundation Trust.