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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.

Responses from Scottish local authorities to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request reveal an average rate of £5.26 will be paid to providers to deliver the 1,140 hours from April.

Northamptonshire County Council has asked the DfE for an extension to the deadline for setting early years funding for 2019/20.

Childcare providers in Northamptonshire are set to lose thousands of pounds in funding as the council proposes big cuts to its early years budget.

Unions and charities have expressed their disappointment at the Chancellor’s failure to commit to helping schools and early years in his Spring Statement.

Hundreds of nursery school heads and governors are heading to Downing Street today (Monday 11 March) to call on the Chancellor to safeguard the future of nursery schools.

The Scottish Government has been accused of not adequately preparing for the delivery of the 1,140 hours of funded childcare by opposition MSPs.

A new NDNA coaching programme to support early years providers to improve children’s outcomes has received financial backing from the Mayor of London.

Just Childcare has acquired a group of three nurseries, while Kids Planet and Busy Bees have both added settings.

A nursery provider has been forced to close one of her settings because a shortfall in funding for the free entitlement has made the business unsustainable.