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Nurseries, pre-schools and childminders are being invited to give their views on 30-hour childcare, three months after its national roll-out.

The Scottish Government has moved to strengthen the quality of childcare years in advance of its target to double its funded offer.

More than 21,000 codes issued to parents for the 30 hours by the end of August have still not been validated by providers or local authorities.

A new qualification for Scottish childminders has been announced by the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA).

Action for Children and the British Dietetics Association (BDA) are continuing some aspects of the Children’s Food Trust work, which closed last week.

Childminders may be able to operate outside ratios if they are providing wraparound care for children taking up the 30 hours in England.

Nearly one in three codes issued to parents for the 30 hours by the end of August have not been validated by providers or local authorities.

An evaluation of the second round of the 30 hours pilot found the majority of providers were willing and able to offer the extended entitlement, says the DfE.

HMRC has apologised for the difficulties faced by parents trying to access its Childcare Service.

PACEY has launched the online resource Business Smart'by childminders, for childminders' to support new and established childminding settings.