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There has been an eight per cent rise in health visitors reporting more children experiencing delayed language in the space of a single year, it has emerged.

The government's tax-free childcare scheme will officially get under way on 28 April, with parents able to pre-register through a new website dedicated to childcare entitlements, the Department for Education has announced.

More than two thirds of children's centres are set to close in a local authority area where Ofsted recently rated children's services as "inadequate".

A "worrying" lack of demand among parents has been blamed for childminders not offering free childcare places for three- and four-year-olds, despite ambitious government plans to double free provision to 30 hours a week in just six months' time.

The government has been criticised for failing to act on concerns within the childcare sector about funding for extended free provision, after no additional money to boost the flagship initiative was announced in today's Spring Budget.

Funding on offer to early years providers to deliver 30 hours of free childcare is not enough for them to be sustainable, the owner of a nursery chain taking part in the pilot has warned.

Timpson announces £215m to improve school SEND facilities

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

06 March 2017

Councils are set to receive a slice of funding worth £215m to create more school places and improve facilities for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), it has been announced.

A controversial requirement for early years staff to gain good GCSE grades before completing their training is to be scrapped, it has been announced.

Health visitor checks to remain mandatory

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

02 March 2017

Children will continue to receive mandatory checks from health visitors, the Department of Health (DH) has confirmed following a review of the policy.

Youth services are in existential crisis and face oblivion unless they change the way they are funded and take advantage of social investment opportunities, a leading figure in the sector has warned.

 

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