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The coalition Government says it will be announcing its plans in the new year to develop early years workforce leaders.

The majority of nurseries are expecting this year to be tougher financially than 2010, according to a snapshot survey by credit management company Daniels Silverman.

The Forum of Private Business has warned that firms will need to make sure that their accounting system changes and is issuing invoices and recording sales and transactions from 4 January in line with this week's rise in VAT from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent.

Campaigners have succeeded in winning a reprieve for a council-run nursery in Brighton, after more than 5,000 people signed a petition to save it.

Early years initiatives such as Sure Start and the free entitlement for threeand four-year-olds have not improved children's literacy and numeracy by the time they start school, according to new research.

All of the play services in a large London borough could be axed in council spending cuts.

Child detention is to be phased out and will end completely by next May, deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

Gifts sent by retailers and royalty for David Cameron's new daughter Florence cannot be given to her under new rules, said the Independent. Presents accepted by Government members have to be paid for, and items sent by Marks and Spencer and Huggababy are being 'held by the department', as the Camerons have not stumped up the cash.

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