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Early years education should target the poorest families, says OECD

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Alliance welcomes OECD report calling for focus on improved quality ahead of more places
 
Funded places for the early years should be aimed at the poorest families, according to a new report from the OECD....Read more

Early years funding falls in real-terms, despite government’s “record investment”

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Alliance FOI data reveals that 28% of local authorities have seen a drop in funding rates since 2012
 
Early years settings have seen a real-terms fall in funding levels between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in more...Read more

Ofsted statistics show fall in number of childminders

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Statistics show a 24% decline in childminder numbers since 2012
 
The government could struggle to fulfil its promise of 30-hours a week of childcare after the number of childminders in England has...Read more

Early years underrepresented on schools forums

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Alliance research shows that PVI providers are underrepresented on local authority schools forums
 
Research has revealed that 70% of schools forums in England have just one representative from the PVI sector...Read more

Hung parliament confirmed following general election

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No party has won an overall majority in the 2017 general election, resulting in a hung parliament, it has been confirmed.
 
The Conservative Party had widely been expected to win comfortably, with some polls...Read more

A guide to childcare election pledges

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An at-a-glance guide to all the chidlcare and early years pledges made by the major parties this election
 
With so many political parties promising 'free' childcare, here is an at-a-glace giude to all the...Read more

Alliance launches Discovering Maths through Play

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Resource considers everyday activities as maths lessons
 
The Alliance has launched a new publication that helps practitioners turn everyday early years activities into maths lessons.

Labour pledges to support Sure Start and make 30-hours universal

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Party promises 30-hours of free childcare to all children aged two- to four-years-old
 
The Labour Party has pledged to extend the current 30-hours offer to all children aged two- to four-years-old. The party...Read more

Concerns raised over Childcare Services website problems

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Parents are said to be having difficulty accessing flagship website
 
The government’s Childcare Services website is said to be experiencing technical problems, just one month after it launched.

Green Party pledges to delay formal education until age seven

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Party also plans for “free universal” early education and childcare for all
 
The Green Party has promised to offer “free universal” childcare for all children in its latest manifesto....Read more

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