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The Chancellor's Budget will cost the nursery sector a total of £437m next year due to increases in the national living wage and lack of action to reduce business rates and offer more money for funded places, according to evidence presented to MPs.

The government should undertake a "fundamental shift" on early intervention policy by setting out a national strategy to tackle childhood adversity and trauma, and outline its plans for the future of children's centres, an influential group of MPs has said.

DfE funds Scouts to launch early years provision

By Neil Puffett |

14 November 2018

The Scout Association is set to team up with children's charity Action for Children to provide early years provision for four- and five-year-olds as part of a pilot project that could be rolled out nationwide within two years.

Health visitor numbers 'below safe level'

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

12 November 2018

The number of health visitors in England has fallen below safe levels since responsibility for commissioning services switched from the NHS to local authorities, the Institute of Health Visiting (IHV) has warned.

The government is set to reallocate up to £600m of funding earmarked for childcare on other policy areas outside of the early years sector because of slow take-up of its tax-free childcare scheme, the Labour Party has claimed.

MPs launch inquiry into early years funding

By Joe Lepper |

05 November 2018

A cross-party group of MPs has launched an inquiry into early years funding in response to increasing numbers of nursery closures and provider concerns about their financial future.

A long-term strategy must be drawn up by government if successful early intervention services for vulnerable children and families are going to be successfully established across the country.

A total of £85m will be handed to 20 local authorities struggling with high or rising numbers of children in care, Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.

Almost half of childcare providers are receiving less funding then they were five years ago, with the sector "systemically underfunded', a study has found.

Speech and language campaigners have expressed "grave concerns" that the government is failing to support many children with speech, language and communications needs (SLCN), 10 years after the landmark Bercow Review on the issue.