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After a consultation on the role of children's centres is scrapped, providers challenge ministers to present a bold vision for their future and incorporate this into a government-wide review of support for families.

As the second year of 30 hours funded childcare approaches, James Hempsall outlines what council leaders need to do to ensure the policy reaches those eligible and delivers on early years and social mobility duties.

Mapping children's centre cuts

By Neil Puffett |

29 May 2018

Experts challenge minister's assertion that poorest areas have not seen children's centres closed.

Will reception test be beneficial?

By Nick Brook and Nansi Ellis |

24 April 2018

The government is to develop a rating of pupils' ability when they enter reception, but experts disagree on whether it will be a good measure of schools' work and improve the education that children receive.

Childcare feels the Brexit effect

By Purnima Tanuku |

27 March 2018

Childcare's reliance on staff from the EU means Brexit could exacerbate early years workforce crisis.

Creating more 30-hour places

By Derren Hayes |

30 January 2018

Figures suggest access to free childcare is getting more difficult, with early years leaders calling for changes.

Boosting attainment in reception

By Derren Hayes |

02 January 2018

Education experts answer Ofsted criticism of the quality of education for disadvantaged young pupils.

'Buddies' boost for 30-hour places

By Derren Hayes |

28 November 2017

Department for Education hopes "buddy" scheme will help councils to create enough childcare places.

Social mobility's early opportunities

By Ellen Broomé |

31 October 2017

First six areas delivering social mobility initiative will focus on language and literacy development

Can EYTs fix the attainment gap?

By Liz Bayram and Neil Leitch |

26 September 2017

A Fair Education Alliance report calls for nurseries in deprived areas to employ an early years teacher (EYT), but opinion is split on whether this is the best way to tackle the attainment gap for poorer children.