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Reform of the "perverse" 30 hours funded childcare offer is vital, MPs have claimed - after finding the government's early years policies are worsening disadvantage.

The government has been accused of "undermining" children's centres amid claims that nearly 1,000 establishments across England have not been inspected as a result of a temporary suspension first announced in 2015.

CYP Now's top 10 stories of 2017

By Kate Plummer

| December 22, 2017

With a general election and the passing of the Children and Social Work Act, 2017 has been another busy year in the sector. Here is a run-down of the most-read stories published on the CYP Now website over the past 12 months.

All four members of the board of the Social Mobility Commission have quit in protest at a lack of support from government.

More than a third of Conservative councillors in local authorities in England are concerned about the future of children's centres, a survey has found.

The number of children's centres that have been closed or downgraded has increased by more than 100 in the past 10 months, taking the total to 1,130 since 2010.

Early years leaders have urged the Department for Education to prioritise the launch of its long-delayed consultation into the future of children's centres.

A consultation on the future of children's centres will still take place, despite news that the life chances strategy that it was due to be part of has been ditched, the Department for Education has said.

A government strategy to boost the life chances of the poorest children in the country will not be published, the government has confirmed, with elements of it instead set to feature in a green paper to be published next year.

CYP Now's top 10 stories of 2016

| December 19, 2016

With the UK voting to leave the European Union, a new Prime Minister and government installed, policy u-turns, and an influx of children and families from war-torn Syria, 2016 has been a turbulent year. Here is a run-down of the most-read stories published on the CYP Now website over the past 12 months.