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Council IT systems can’t cope with stretched hours

Providers are having to manipulate claims for the funded hours because local authorities’ systems won’t allow for the 30- or 15-hour entitlements to be taken as stretched offers.



Interview - Sir Kevan Collins

Chief executive of the Education Endowment Foundation


Interview - Louise Parr

Louise Parr is CEO and executive head teacher of Astrum Multi Academy Trust. Here she talks about the...


Jemma Honey, director of Bambinos Childcare Centres

Bambinos Childcare Centres, a group of four nurseries in Plymouth, has been bought by Chinese education...

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Old enough to learn

We need to look at the problem of summer-born children moving up to school from a different angle, argues...


How one children's centre took on Thatcher over gay rights

In the late Eighties, Sheffield Children’s Centre took the Thatcher Government to court over Section...