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A new joint pilot by a training provider and a university will offer early years staff a clear route to higher level qualifications.

The number of free schools in England will double, with 93 more of the Government's flagship education institutions set to open this term.

More than 400 special educational needs teachers and support staff have been awarded scholarships worth thousands of pounds to develop their specialist knowledge and skills.

Peer to peer support helps early years staff to improve their leadership skills and offer better services, research into a government-funded programme has found.

Aberdeenshire Council has taken its recruitment campaign overseas in a bid to address shortages in teaching staff.

Early years experts and academics have slammed the new Early Years Teacher standards, which were set out last week by the National College of Teaching and Leadership.

The Welsh Assembly has published its first early years and childcare plan, detailing ways in which it will support families and young children over the next ten years.

Despite a call for more emphasis on play-based learning from many respondents to the consultation on Early Years Educator qualifications, the Government has not amended the criteria.

The eligibility criteria for Teach First are currently being reviewed following complaints that applicants with early years degrees were unable to apply for the scheme.

Thousands of early years and childcare workers are currently unable to undertake a Level 5 qualification in childcare because there is no Government funding available to them.