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The Deputy Prime Minister is expected to say this week that he believes free schools have too much freedom.
Education secretary Michael Gove has mooted the possibility that changes to business rate relief and VAT for nurseries could be considered at the same time as plans being looked into for academies and free schools.
The National Day Nurseries Association is calling for all nurseries to be exempt from business rates, following Ed Miliband's pledge to lower them for small businesses.
Get up to speed with the all the latest Government proposals and find out what they could mean for your business by taking a look at the current issue of our Nursery Management supplement.
As this highly significant bill enters its final stages in Parliament, we ask Family and Childcare Trust policy and public affairs expert Adam Butler some key questions.
With the Government making plans to create a more flexible and responsive childcare market, Karen Faux asks professionals for their suggestions for improvement on provision.
Two more venues have been added for the early years sector's Ofsted Big Conversation weekend.
Proposals for childcare vouchers may not offer immediate relief but their benefits will be felt in the long term says Susan McGhee, commercial director of Bertram Nursery Group
More than half of parents believe that nurseries should employ more staff to look after nursery age children, research by the Department for Education suggests.
Private and voluntary nurseries are being urged to share their running costs with the Department for Education.
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