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Health visitors should have a greater role in preparing disadvantaged young children for school and ensuring they do not fall behind their peers, according to a report.

Councils are struggling to ensure there are sufficient funded childcare places for disadvantaged two-year-olds, due to the introduction of the 30 hours entitlement for working families, a survey has found.

Spending on children's centres falls by £110m

By Joe Lepper |

06 December 2018

Spending on children's centres has fallen by £110m over the last financial year, a drop of more than 14 per cent, government figures have revealed.

Out-of-school settings will be asked to abide by a voluntary code of practice as part of government plans to improve safeguarding of children.

The number of people training to be an early years teacher has fallen by more than a third in the space of 12 months, government figures have revealed.

The majority of parents on a low income are being put off work due to childcare costs, leaving children missing out on quality early years education that can boost their prospects, a study has found.

CYP Now 2018 Award winners unveiled

By CYP Now |

22 November 2018

The 2018 CYP Now Awards were revealed last night on a night of celebration and pride for the sector.

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.