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HR expert Jacqui Mann sets out everything you need to know about increases to the minimum wage rates which came into force this month

Early years workers can have their say on paperwork in a survey being carried out by the Early Years Alliance with Ofsted and the Department for Education.

Kids Planet has acquired a group of five nurseries, while Cherubs Nurseries and Mama Bear’s have each added one new setting.

Childcare providers in Northamptonshire may be forced to get rid of staff, resources or reduce their own salaries if the county council goes ahead with plans to cut early years funding from April.

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