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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

Local authorities confused over 30-hours offer

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Half of councils are not sure if they will be able to extend the 15-hours offer in September
 
More than half of local authorities are unsure if there will be enough childcare places available in their area...Read more

Childcare report criticises EYFS

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The Institute of Economic Affairs report argues in favour of scrapping government intervention in the childcare sector
 
A new report has criticised the EYFS and argued against government-...Read more

Alliance publishes funding rate database

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Database of 2017/18 funding rates complied for early years providers
 
The Alliance is creating a database of early years funding rates ahead of huge changes to the way places are funded for three- and four-...Read more

Four out of five parents say they will use 30-hour offer

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Working parents say they are likely to take up additional funded hours in September
 
Four out of five parents will take up additional funded childcare hours when the 30-hours offer comes into place,...Read more

SEED report identifies good practice for early years

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Report says that skilled workforce and tailored curriculum are the key to success
 
Tailored curriculums, skilled staff and an open culture have been highlighted as key features of good practice in early...Read more

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