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The government is to spend up to £26m of the proceeds from a new tax on sugary drinks to open more breakfast clubs in disadvantaged areas.

A national advisory group to monitor progress in recruiting men to work in childcare is needed to address the sector's gender imbalance, the London Early Years Foundation has said.

Early years sector 'increasingly relying on volunteers'

By Tristan Donovan |

14 March 2018

Early years providers are increasingly relying on unpaid volunteers, an analysis of the childcare workforce by the Education Policy Institute has concluded.

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has told MPs that she is unconcerned that the regulator has not inspected a children's centre for nearly three years, adding that a decision on future oversight is a matter for government.

'Staff exodus' threatens high-quality childcare

By Tristan Donovan |

01 March 2018

Qualified staff are quitting nurseries in large numbers due to low pay, endangering the government's push to increase the provision of high-quality childcare, it has been claimed.

Families face lack of affordable childcare places

By Joe Lepper |

27 February 2018

Families face a struggle to find affordable childcare provision due to a hike in prices and lack of 30 hours free entitlement places, an annual survey of councils has revealed.

It is impossible to measure whether services provided by children's centres improve educational outcomes, children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has said.

Nadhim Zahawi 'aware of 30 hours challenges'

By Joe Lepper |

20 February 2018

Children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has conceded that there are "challenges" around the delivery of the government's extended 30 hours free childcare offer but has praised local authorities and providers for rising to meet them.

Efforts to improve standards at a children's services department rated "inadequate" in 2015 are making steady progress on early help provision, Ofsted has found.

More than 25,000 parents are yet to receive confirmation they are eligible for 30 hours free childcare, government figures have revealed.