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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.

Childcare providers face sharp rise in costs

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

04 March 2019

Costs to childcare providers have risen sharply over the last three years, a government-funded study suggests.

Health visitors are to receive specialist training to help spot speech, language and communication problems among disadvantaged children at an early stage.

The government's 30 hours funded childcare offer is leaving early years providers struggling financially and is limiting the number of places available to the most disadvantaged children, councils have warned.