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Many providers will not offer 30-hours, DfE statistics suggest

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10,000 fewer providers plan to offer parents 30-hours compared to 15-hours according to DfE statistics
 
The 30-hours of free childcare offer could cause a lack of childcare places, due to provider reluctance...Read more

NICE tells early years staff to look for “soft” signs of neglect

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NICE drafts guidance for practitioners regarding symptoms of neglect or abuse
 
Early years professional are being advised to look for “soft” signs of abuse, following draft guidelines released by the...Read more

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

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