Labour general election manifesto pledges to ditch the introduction of education, health and care plans for children with special educational needs and disabilities, and to replace it with a new system of support.
2. GCSE requirement for early years trainees to be scrapped
The controversial requirement for early years staff to need at least grade C in both GCSE English and Maths is scrapped in favour of "functional equivalent" tests.
The government drops controversial plans to allow councils to apply for exemptions from the children's social care legislation in the face of huge opposition.
Ofsted reveals it is considering dropping overall ratings for the quality of children's services in favour of only grading specific service areas.
5. Major National Citizen Service provider goes bust
A regional provider of the government's flagship National Citizen Service goes bust.
Government reveals that Children and Social Work Bill will be made law prior to dissolution of parliament ahead of June's general election.
Department for Education commits to a consultation on children's centre going ahead, following news that the life chances strategy would be dropped.
Ofsted judges children's services in Tower Hamlets as "inadequate" amid concerns that children had been left in abusive situations for too long.
Manchester Metropolitian University (MMU) drops its youth and community work degree due decline in job opportunities within youth services sector.
Government confirms that more than half of children claiming 15 hours of government-funded childcare a week will not qualify for the extended 30 hours offer.