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DfE launches children's centres review

By Joanne Parkes |

08 May 2019

The early years sector has cautiously welcomed the launch of a government review of children's centres - which has been announced without fanfare.

The government should extend the 30 hours childcare entitlement to all parents working eight hours a week to ensure it reaches more low-income families, the Social Mobility Commission has said.

The early years sector is urging the government to properly fund childcare, after a study found educators are increasingly being lost to the retail sector.

The veteran MP Frank Field has delivered a stinging rebuke to the government over its "dismissive and disrespectful" response to concerns over universal credit-related childcare payment problems.

Long-awaited early years apprenticeship launches

By Joe Lepper |

05 April 2019

A long-awaited Level 3 apprenticeship standard for the early years sector is ready for launch after five years of development and testing.

Nurseries under pressure from wage and pensions increases

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

27 March 2019

Almost two in 10 nurseries in England will see their wage bill rise by up to 12 per cent next month as a result of increases in minimum wages and pension contributions, research has shown.

An average of eight childminders a day left the early years workforce in the last four months of 2018, Ofsted figures have revealed.

Music for under-fives 'closes developmental gap'

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

25 March 2019

Early years music workshops can help children from deprived backgrounds and those with complex needs to overcome developmental delays, research suggests.

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.