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Council tells DfE of settings in financial crisis

Lancashire County Council has written to the Education Secretary with concerns it will not be able to provide sufficient childcare places if early years settings there continue to close.



Interview - Antonia Simon

The UCL’s Institute of Education has just launched a project to examine private sector childcare in England...


Interview - Sylvain Forestier, founder and chief executive, La Maison Bleue

The French group, one of the largest in France, operates more than 300 nurseries in three countries and...


Interview - Cerys Griffiths

The BBC’s new early years language and literacy initiative aims to halve the pre-school language gap....

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A Sure sign

The recent 20th anniversary of Sure Start, which evolved into Children’s Centres, is a reminder of what...


In the same boat

Extra funding for nursery schools should not divide an early years sector united by inadequate pay, status...