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Health visiting provision should be increased as part of an "early years revolution" to ensure disadvantaged young children can get the best start in life, say MPs.

Disadvantaged boys given extra early years schooling show the greatest academic improvement and carry the benefits through school, a study shows.

Pre-school Learning Alliance rebrands

By Joanne Parkes |

18 February 2019

Early years membership organisation the Pre-school Learning Alliance, has rebranded as the Early Years Alliance.

The government has responded with the "same tired lines" to calls to boost childcare funding to cover national minimum wage rises due this spring, according to early years representatives.

Fraction of families take up tax-free childcare scheme

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

18 February 2019

Early years sector representatives have slammed the government's running of its tax-free childcare offer, after data shows take-up rates are just a fifth of predicted levels.

Initiative aims to tackle stress in early years workforce

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

13 February 2019

Early years providers are urged to take part in a government-backed initiative which aims to cut stressors that are "taking their toll" on the workforce.

Reform of the "perverse" 30 hours funded childcare offer is vital, MPs have claimed - after finding the government's early years policies are worsening disadvantage.

Providers of early years services in Norfolk have criticised the county council's handling of plans to close dozens of children's centres, with some claiming the authority has "misled" the public.

More than half of early years employers have reported skills gaps in their staffing, and training is set to decrease, according to a new survey.

An early years initiative aimed at reducing isolation and stress among families in deprived areas is to benefit from Harvard University research and development support.