In Depth

Childcare funding in spotlight

Early years experts outline changes needed to ease financial pressures as parliamentary inquiry launched.

Resolving childcare apprenticeship

Providers' groups say more must be done to ensure childcare apprenticeship works for employers.

Early years food: Nourishing growing minds and bodies

Childhood obesity continues to be a major problem across the UK. Charlotte Goddard explores the role nurseries and childcare settings can play in establishing healthy eating habits from an early age.

Restructuring children's services on early intervention approach

EIF blueprint for the future of early help recommends better co-ordination of support for vulnerable families including long-term funding, a cross-government taskforce and commitment to evidence-based practice.

Focus on 30 hours limits places for disadvantaged two-year-olds

Research shows take-up of funded childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds lags far behind that of three- and four-year-olds. Providers say insufficient funding makes it uneconomical to create two-year-old places.

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