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The chair of the parliamentary Opportunity Areas inquiry remains "unconvinced" about the effectiveness of the £72m programme, he states in a letter to Education Secretary Damian Hinds.

The early years sector has warned it cannot afford another minimum wage increase - unless the government plugs a claimed £662m funding shortfall.

Only a third of English councils have sufficient childcare provision for all working parents in their area during the school summer holidays, latest research shows.

Campaigners have vowed to fight on for children's centres nationally despite losing a High Court challenge over local closures.

Registered childminders will be a thing of the past within a few years if the decline continues at the current rate, sector leaders claim.

Social pressures and a collapse in investment in children's services are causing a "growing crisis" in childhoods, a charity has claimed, calling on the government to set up a National Childhood Strategy to address this.

Up to 1,800 new school-based nursery places in disadvantaged areas are to be created - backed by a £22m investment - the government has announced.

Take-up of funded childcare for the most disadvantaged two-year-olds has dropped by more than five per cent amid increasing demand for 30 hours places for three- and four-year-olds, new official figures show.

Steve Reed is new shadow children's minister

By Joanne Parkes |

26 June 2019

Steve Reed MP has been appointed the new shadow minister for children following the March resignation of Emma Lewell-Buck.

The number of nursery workers qualified to Level 3 has hit crisis point after dropping 37 per cent in the last four years, according to a new report by the National Day Nurseries Association.