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EXCLUSIVE In Focus: 30 hours: the hidden cost

What price are the most vulnerable children paying for the Government’s flagship childcare policy? Our FOI investigation reveals that nearly a fifth of councils have cut nursery places in the past year...

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Projects to support disadvantaged children’s early learning win funding of £18m

Projects aimed at boosting home learning and improving training for professionals working with children with SEND, are among those that have been allocated a share of £18m in DfE funding....


Budget failings to cost nursery sector nearly half a billion pounds

The cost to private and voluntary nurseries of last month’s budget is £437m according to an analysis by the National Day Nurseries Association.


Call for national early intervention strategy

MPs are calling for a new national early intervention strategy to tackle childhood adversity and trauma, and are calling on the Government to hold the long-delayed consultation on children's...



Catherine Maguire - Community campaign network co-ordinator of the clean Air Team, ClientEarth

ClientEarth, a non-profit environmental law organisation, has given its backing to the National Clean...


Interview - Dr Gemma Ryde

Dr Ryde led a study exploring how The Daily Mile, an initiative that encourages nurseries and primary...


Interview - Dr Nigel Carter

The Oral Health Foundation is calling for the UK to make ‘healthy drinks’ the default option with children’s...

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Inequality persists

A recent OECD report confirms that the UK needs to better support disadvantaged children in order to...


Feeling overwhelmed

Too many statutory requirements mean we are busy demonstrating compliance rather than getting on with...