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Health visitors are leaving the profession amid concerns that they are unable to keep children safe due to ongoing public health cuts, it has been claimed.

Government early years spending rises for first time in three years

By Neil Puffett and Joe Lepper |

18 September 2018

The total amount spent by government on early years services rose for the first time in three years in 2017/18, but is still down on 2014/15 levels a report has found.

A council has announced plans to close 87 per cent of its children's centres, taking the number of buildings down from 53 to seven, with more services provided by local communities.

A government-funded childcare scheme is to blame for a sharp increase in nursery closures over the past year, according to an early years representative body.

Four in 10 early education providers are making less money since the introduction of the government's 30 hours childcare initiative, according to a government-funded evaluation of the scheme's first year.

Low take-up of funded childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds is due to a lack of places, with providers claiming it is "less financially lucrative" than looking after three- and four-year-olds, a report has found.

Spending more time in good-quality early years settings helps children develop skills to manage their emotions and build positive relationships with others, research has shown.

Four in 10 childcare providers 'fear closure within 12 months'

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

04 September 2018

The introduction of the government's 30 hours childcare initiative and insufficient levels of funding has left four in 10 childcare providers fearful of closure within the next year, a survey has found.

Working parents with children under five have seen nursery fees rise three times faster than their wages over the past decade, a study has found.

Extending government-funded childcare to two year olds has failed to narrow the attainment gap between the poorest children and their richer peers, research has found.