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A poll has found that 15 per cent of workers under 24 do not receive a payslip, ahead of a change to the law that means that all workers are now legally entitled to one.

As providers increasingly move to charging parents of disadvantaged two-year-olds for ‘extras’, one local authority body has recommended settings refrain from doing so.

A Kirklees nursery owner who received thousands of pounds from someone posing as a parent has spoken out about this ‘new type of scam’.

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.

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.

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.