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Building an early help system

How commissioners, providers and community groups came together to redesign the social care system in England’s second biggest city from one that was focused on crisis response to being a service that aims to offer help to families at an earlier stage.

Five key pandemic lessons that can make childcare businesses stronger

The early years sector has a diverse range of service providers – from home-based childminders with an annual turnover of £25,000 through to private-sector run super-chains of nurseries employing thousands of staff in dozens of sites across the country – trying to navigate a complex regulatory and policy landscape, which changes regularly.

Early adopters set out the key features of children’s trusts

When it launched its children’s social care reform programme nearly five years ago, the Department for Education expressed an ambition that a third of councils should be in the process of handing responsibility for services to a children’s trust, or had completed the process, by 2020.