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Research commissioned by the Department for Education as part of its review into the cost of expanding free childcare to 30 hours is not held by the DfE, Nursery World can reveal, despite being quoted 50 times in a key report.

How is the impact of the 30 hours, National Living Wage and other increased business costs going to be felt across the sector? Hannah Crown reports

The Government’s Review of childcare costs is supposed to set the sector’s mind at rest – but it only muddies the water further, says Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance

Childcare ratios have been a hot topic since former minister Liz Truss opened this particular Pandora’s Box in 2013. Jo Parkes looks at what we can learn from comparable systems abroad

Marketing may not be top of the priorities list, but with more financial pressures on the way in the form of the 30 hours and National Living Wage, it may come into its own, writes Gordon Kay

Measure in yesterday's Budget set to affect the early years sector include a cut to business rates, a sugar levy and an extension to childcare vouchers.

The confusingly titled National Living Wage comes in this April. Jacqui Mann of HR4Nurseries explains

Stephen Burke says that there is a looming crisis for the childcare market as new initiatives roll out

The UK's third largest nursery chain Asquith Nurseries has expanded further with the acquisition of a North London Montessori group.

Failure to get the funding right for the 30-hour childcare policy could lead to cuts to places for disadvantaged two-year-olds, the Government’s independent spending watchdog claims today.