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Our resident employment lawyer Caroline Robins, Eversheds principal associate, answers your questions

Training providers say they have lost faith in the Government to deliver the Level 3 apprenticeship standard – which has still not been produced five years after work on it started.

A new DfE report on providers’ finances shows that the hourly fee charged by settings for three- and four-year-old places is on average 58p higher than what they receive in funding.

Three-quarters of nurseries are facing a hike of between 5- to- 12 per cent to their staffing costs due to the rise in wages and pensions from 1 April.

Many settings are wondering how they are going to afford the upcoming 5 per cent increase to the National Living Wage, let alone keep pay differentials to reward senior staff. So what are the options? Annette Rawstrone reports

Meredith Jones Russell finds out how some early years settings are adapting to the particular needs of the youngest members of the workforce

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.

Practitioners are aware of the need for CPD, but not all training is created equal. Knowing how to identify effective, evidence-based professional development is key, says the University of Oxford’s Sandra Mathers

How useful is Early Years Teacher training and what difference does it make to leading practice? Samantha Sutton-Tsang, senior lecturer from the Department for Children and Families at the University of Worcester, did some research on the subject

Are childcare providers planning for the UK’s exit from the European Union? And what impact is the uncertainty having on their business? By Katy Morton