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31% of children begin school before reaching a good level of early development, report claims

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Save the Children report asks government to invest £65 million in the early years
 
Save the Children has called on the government to increase its investment in the early years to ensure that all settings...Read more

Caroline Dinenage suggests providers charge for extras to make 30-hours viable

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Early years minister tells nursery owners to charge for additional services if funding doesn’t cover costs
 
Early years minister Caroline Dinenage has suggested that childcare providers charge parents for...Read more

Graduate practitioners have a limited impact on child outcomes, study claims

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Report from London School of Economics questions conventional methods for testing setting quality
 
A new study from the London School of Economics has questioned the impact of graduate staff on the quality...Read more

Government funding rates based on “flimsy data”

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DfE’s research into funding for the early years is criticised by the Alliance
 
The research behind the government’s early years funding review has been criticised by the Alliance following its release...Read more

53% of educators have no speech, language and communication training, survey finds 

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70% of early years providers say that a lack of funds holds back CPD on speech and language skills
 
The majority of people working with children and young people have not had any formal training to support...Read more

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