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More childminders would consider providing funded places for three- and four-year-olds if funding were increased, new research suggests.

Ireland's childcare providers need to be seen as providing a public service to ensure quality for children, an early years organisation argues.

Birmingham Council has commissioned an independent review into the affordability for early years providers of paying staff the living wage.

Nursery owners have stressed that paid-for inspections, while welcome, must not divert Ofsted from inspecting settings within the set timescales.

A new toolkit has been launched to support early years and health teams implement the Integrated Review for two-year-olds.

A childminding association has expressed concern over a plan by two local authorities to set-up a childminder agency while providing support to independent childminders.

More than 3,000 childminders have left the profession in the last six months.

Schools minister David Laws has set out more details about the Early Years Pupil Premium, including plans for a pilot of the scheme.

Now that 40 per cent of two-year-olds are eligible for funded places, we look at how one local authority is delivering and supporting the programme.

Ofsted’s own in-house inspectors will take on responsibility for re-inspecting 'requires improvement 'nurseries in place of outside contractors Prospects and Tribal, Nursery World can exclusively reveal.