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The government needs to put in place a national strategy to address failures in support for the wider children's workforce, according to children's services bosses.

Charities are being offered grants to help boost take-up of free childcare for two-year-olds in London, after it emerged more than a third of the capital's most disadvantaged families are missing out.

Childcare providers face sharp rise in costs

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

04 March 2019

Costs to childcare providers have risen sharply over the last three years, a government-funded study suggests.

Health visitors are to receive specialist training to help spot speech, language and communication problems among disadvantaged children at an early stage.

The government's 30 hours funded childcare offer is leaving early years providers struggling financially and is limiting the number of places available to the most disadvantaged children, councils have warned.

Health visiting provision should be increased as part of an "early years revolution" to ensure disadvantaged young children can get the best start in life, say MPs.

Disadvantaged boys given extra early years schooling show the greatest academic improvement and carry the benefits through school, a study shows.

Pre-school Learning Alliance rebrands

By Joanne Parkes |

18 February 2019

Early years membership organisation the Pre-school Learning Alliance, has rebranded as the Early Years Alliance.

The government has responded with the "same tired lines" to calls to boost childcare funding to cover national minimum wage rises due this spring, according to early years representatives.

Fraction of families take up tax-free childcare scheme

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

18 February 2019

Early years sector representatives have slammed the government's running of its tax-free childcare offer, after data shows take-up rates are just a fifth of predicted levels.