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Sure Start funding cut by £100m since 2017

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Government data shows that funding for Sure Start fell by £100m between 2016-17 and 2017-18Read more
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Ofsted outlines focus on "substance of education" in annual report

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Improving quality of early years also highlighted in reportRead more

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Just 377 students enrol on Early Years Teacher course

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Save the Children warns of ‘crisis’ in recruitmentRead more
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30% rise in complaints about tax-free childcare

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HMRC has received 4,560 complaints from parentsRead more
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Only 55% of children receiving free school meals reach a "good level of development"

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Less advantaged children less likely to meet standard of EYFS Profile testsRead more
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40% of childcare workers on National Living Wage are underpaid

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Low Pay Commission report says that some National Living Wage workers are underpaidRead more
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Childminder numbers continue to fall

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Ofsted statistics show a 29% drop in childminder numbers since 2012Read more
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Early years funding rates for 2019/2020 revealed

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Only two local authorities will see rates increaseRead more
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DfE seeks bids for early outcomes fund

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Government is looking to work with local authoritiesRead more
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£18m funding for early learning announced

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DfE funds early years projects supporting children’s communication skillsRead more

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