Young people living in children's homes in England have been reported missing more than 50,000 times in the last three years - with the missing rate for individual children currently averaging nearly five times a year, it has emerged.
The government must raise the status of early years teachers to prevent a brain drain from the sector, according to the educators' union Voice and the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (Pacey).
Government must broaden the scope of its workforce development plans for the children's sector if local authorities are to be able to deal with ongoing financial constraints, the new president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services has said.
An influential group of MPs will investigate whether government reforms of the system of support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have been a success, it has been announced.
Small childcare providers are struggling to make ends meet, with some considering closing their doors for good, due to a shortfall in government funding for the 30 hours free childcare scheme in England, a report has found.