Big Issue: Free early education for disadvantaged two-year-olds

Twenty per cent of two-year-olds will become eligible for an early education place from September 2013, rising to 40 per cent in 2014-15. Follow the progress of the Government's programme.

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Experts call for expansion to slow on twos offer

Last week's appeal by leading early years experts to delay the expansion of the two-year-old programme was viewed by many in the sector as a timely wake-up call....


Sector's 'dismay' at two-year-old funding freeze

Early years organisations have raised concerns that the funding rate for early education two-year-old places will not rise next year.


Sector warns that two-year-olds scheme needs support

While Government figures on the number of two-year-olds that have taken up the free early education places could be viewed as encouraging, the sector has cautioned...


Nursery Management: Capital Funding for two-year-olds - Logistical challenge

Mary Evans finds out what level of support nurseries are receiving to help them to meet the target for twos in September.


'The link between the reforms and the roll-out of two-year-old places is not straightforward'

What will be the impact of changes to ratios on Government plans to increase nursery places for disadvantaged two-year-olds? Ivonne Wollny of the Children and Young...


Free places for two-year-olds - Working together to provide places

Providers are being encouraged by the Achieving Two Year Olds contract to support the new programme as it moves towards its goal of 130,000 children this year.


London faces two-year-old places shortage and funding crisis

London currently faces a shortfall of 25,000 nursery and childminder places to meet the Government's offer of free early education for 20 per cent of two-year-olds...


Fears that rates for new places won't meet costs

Local authorities may have received news of the allocations they will receive to fund places for disadvantaged two-year-olds in 2013-14, but providers remain in...


Nurseries and childminders will be paid a flat rate of funding for two-year-olds

More details of the funding for early education places for disadvantaged two-year-olds are set out today.


Value of early years benchmarking tool in doubt as errors emerge

An analysis of the DfE's early years online funding tool by Nursery World has uncovered errors and figures that are not directly comparable, making it very difficult...

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Take twos - seizing opportunities in schools

The increasing scale of the two-year-old offer means that places need to be where parents can easily access them, and schools can be the answer

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