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All council-run nurseries in Birmingham have been put out to tender by the council in the hope that they will be taken on by private, voluntary or social enterprise providers.
Just Childcare has acquired a group of three nurseries, while Kids Planet and Busy Bees have both added settings.
Childcare voucher providers are ramping up their campaign to re-open the scheme to parents.
A nursery provider has been forced to close one of her settings because a shortfall in funding for the free entitlement has made the business unsustainable.
A childcare provider is calling for routine Ofsted inspections to be postponed when nursery owners are away on holiday.
Self-employed childcare providers could miss out on Universal Credit as a result of receiving early years entitlement funding, the Early Years Alliance has warned.
The Just Childcare group, which operates nurseries in the North West, Yorkshire and the South West, has acquired Kiddy Factory Nursery in Liverpool.
One of the largest nursery groups in France has acquired The Old Station Nursery group.
Bright Horizons has bought My Family Care, including the Tinies nanny franchises.
The UK’s biggest nursery group has acquired Giraffe Childcare, one of Ireland’s largest.
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