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'Double early years pupil premium' to close poverty gap

  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
A doubling of the early years pupil premium is being called for by the Social Mobility Commission, as part of an ambitious set of demands to halt two decades of "failed" attempts by government to improve life chances for poorer families.

Providers criticise 'vague' free childcare guidance

  • Monday, April 24, 2017
Guidance issued by the government on how local authorities and early years providers should manage the expanded 30 hours of free childcare being introduced in September has been criticised for being too vague.

£80m Life Chances Fund opens to early years bids

  • Thursday, January 5, 2017
Early years organisations delivering high quality, evidence-based interventions can apply for a slice of funding worth £80m, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Cabinet Office have announced.

Childcare leaders reject 30-hour funding plans

  • Thursday, September 22, 2016
Early years groups have warned that government plans to offer 30 hours a week of free childcare from next year will only work if nurseries are allowed to levy charges on parents for using the entitlement.

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