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The sector has reacted angrily to a Daily Mail article alleging that large numbers of childminders and nannies are feeding children food such as,‘sausage rolls, burgers, chips and Belgian waffles’, against parents' wishes.

Concerns have been raised by the early years sector that even with the increase in funding rates, many settings won’t be able to deliver 30 hours of free childcare sustainably.

Owner of Maisie Poppins Childcare in Hackney.

A new online training programme has been launched to help childminders support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), looked-after children and those vulnerable to poor outcomes.

The Welsh Government has announced further developments to its 30-hours free childcare pledge, as well as a funded package of courses to upskill its early years workforce.

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.

A former Home Office minister has slammed as ‘scandalous’ news that childminders are struggling to launch their businesses because of long delays with criminal records checks.

A local childminding association is building its membership nationally while the Government continues to push for childminders to use agencies.

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.