The organisation that has led the development of an early years apprenticeship standard says the new qualification will help practitioners deliver improved outcomes for children and childcare settings.
An evaluation of the government's Troubled Families programme suggests it has helped cut care rates by a third as councils invested millions in early help. With the scheme due to end, leaders say the funding must continue.
EIF blueprint for the future of early help recommends better co-ordination of support for vulnerable families including long-term funding, a cross-government taskforce and commitment to evidence-based practice.
Research shows take-up of funded childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds lags far behind that of three- and four-year-olds. Providers say insufficient funding makes it uneconomical to create two-year-old places.
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.