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Childcare providers face a funding shortfall of more than £500m for delivering government childcare initiatives, a study has found.

The government has named Prince's Trust chief executive Dame Martina Milburn as its preferred choice to chair the Social Mobility Commission.

The chair of parliament's education select committee is making a bid to give the Social Mobility Commission more teeth.

One in three councils are yet to consider how they will replace local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) with new arrangements for multi-agency working, a study has found.

Closures of children's centres are not taking place in the most disadvantaged areas of England, children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has said.

Local authorities can bid for a share of £8.5 million to review and improve the early language and literacy support they provide for disadvantaged children.

The government's 30-hour free childcare offer for working families is driving out disadvantaged children from nurseries, a survey of early years providers suggests.

Single parents and families on low incomes gain the least under the government's 30 hours and tax-free childcare initiatives, a charity has claimed.

The government must raise the status of early years teachers to prevent a brain drain from the sector, according to the educators' union Voice and the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (Pacey).

Government must broaden the scope of its workforce development plans for the children's sector if local authorities are to be able to deal with ongoing financial constraints, the new president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services has said.