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Education experts unhappy with DfE primary testing plans

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

23 June 2017

Department for Education proposals to scrap tests for seven-year-olds and introduce a new assessment at age four or five would not deliver the improvements required within primary schools, education campaigners have warned.

More than 50 children's centres at risk in Birmingham

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

19 June 2017

The number of children's centres in Birmingham could fall from 61 to just 10 as part of a major reorganisation of services, it has emerged.

Council warns 27 children's centres at risk of closure

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

19 June 2017

Up to 27 children's centres are at risk of closure as part of efforts to save £1.12m from the early years budget, a council has warned.

Childcare funding has suffered a real-terms cut in more than a quarter of local authorities in England over the past five years despite additional government funding, an investigation has found.

Dinenage moves on from childcare role

By Neil Puffett |

15 June 2017

Childcare minister Caroline Dinenage has been moved to a new role at the Department for Work and Pensions, it has emerged.

Agencies across the London borough of Hounslow have been praised for their work to support children who have experienced domestic abuse.

There has been an increase in the number of childcare places available in areas piloting the extended 30 hours offer, although the overall number of registered childminders is continuing to fall, Ofsted figures have shown.

Local authorities are making "unfair and unbalanced" early years funding decisions because the sector is underrepresented on official decision-making forums, a childcare organisation has claimed.

Timpson departure 'a loss' for children's sector, says Loughton

By Gabriella Jozwiak and Neil Puffett |

12 June 2017

Edward Timpson's defeat in last week's general election, meaning he will be replaced as children's minister, is a loss for the sector, his predecessor Tim Loughton has said.

Staff-to-child ratios in early years settings could be reviewed should the Conservatives win the general election, it has been claimed.