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A "dramatic" rise in the number of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) accessing early education is leading to a funding crisis in the sector, a childcare organisation has warned.

Spending on Sure Start children's centres and services for under fives plummeted by £110m last year, according to latest government data.

Former Rotherham children's chief awarded CBE

By Joanne Parkes |

04 January 2019

A council chief who was credited with turning around Rotherham children's services following the borough's child sexual exploitation scandal, has been awarded a CBE.

Around a third of parents on low incomes are unaware of the government's 30-hour free childcare offer, a Department for Education survey has revealed.

Health visitors should have a greater role in preparing disadvantaged young children for school and ensuring they do not fall behind their peers, according to a report.

Councils are struggling to ensure there are sufficient funded childcare places for disadvantaged two-year-olds, due to the introduction of the 30 hours entitlement for working families, a survey has found.

Spending on children's centres falls by £110m

By Joe Lepper |

06 December 2018

Spending on children's centres has fallen by £110m over the last financial year, a drop of more than 14 per cent, government figures have revealed.

Out-of-school settings will be asked to abide by a voluntary code of practice as part of government plans to improve safeguarding of children.

The number of people training to be an early years teacher has fallen by more than a third in the space of 12 months, government figures have revealed.

The majority of parents on a low income are being put off work due to childcare costs, leaving children missing out on quality early years education that can boost their prospects, a study has found.