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A holiday scheme pilot in Scotland has proved 'overwhelmingly popular' and been oversubscribed by 60 per cent in one primary school.

A leading multi-academy trust has warned that disadvantaged children could be pushed out of free childcare, as schools convert nursery class places for working parents.

The pilot of 30-hour childcare is in jeopardy after nursery owners and childminders in a key local authority area united against taking part in the trial.

Parents of SEN children are still struggling after recent reforms, reports Charlotte Goddard

The pilot of 30-hour childcare in York is under threat after nurseries warned that the low funding rate puts their businesses at risk of closure.

Children's charity Save the Children is calling for every nursery in England to have a qualified early years teacher by 2020.

A new consultation on how information sharing can help drive the 30 hours entitlement will happen later this year, the childcare minister said this week.

The proportion of nurseries and childminders graded good or outstanding at their most recent inspection is now at an all-time high of 85 per cent, the latest Ofsted statistics show.

Changes to the way children with special educational needs and disabilities are funded in early years settings and schools have been put out for consultation, as part of wider reforms to schools funding.

Nurseries in Wales are under threat, faced with inadequate funding rates that are the lowest in the UK, rising numbers of children starting school at three, and falling occupancy, according to the NDNA.