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Most nurseries planning to offer 30 hours free childcare will only do so by charging parents and restricting numbers, due to concerns over the level of funding on offer, a survey has revealed.

A council has given the green light to close more than a third of its children's centres as part of a review of its early years services.

Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has called for answers as to why the website for parents to apply for 30 hours of free childcare has been experiencing technical problems, indicating that the matter could be investigated by the treasury select committee.

Former Kids Company directors face ban

By Tristan Donovan |

01 August 2017

The Insolvency Service is to petition the courts to ban the former directors of failed children's charity Kids Company from future directorships.

Children's Food Trust announces closure

By Joe Lepper |

21 July 2017

A charity set up by the government to improve the quality of school meals has announced its closure, four years after its government funding was pulled.

Childcare minister Robert Goodwill has admitted that technical "glitches" have affected the introduction of systems for parents to register for 30 hours of free childcare, but claims the problems have now been "ironed out".

Schools in England will be given an additional £1.3bn over the next two years, with the money coming from existing Department for Education budgets, Education Secretary Justine Greening has said.

Nearly half of private childcare providers taking part in the 30 hours' free childcare trial have reported a fall in profits, a study has found.

A Department for Education-commissioned study has found that early years education for two-year-olds leads to improvements in language and behaviour, resulting in long-term financial benefits.

An early intervention project that received funding through the Department for Education's social care innovation programme saves councils up to £2.1m a year, an evaluation report has found.