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Childminders could be stopped from running businesses from home on new developments

The Pre-school Learning Alliance has launched a survey to gather early years providers’ experiences of delivering the 30 hours in the policy's first year.

A new campaign is calling for childminders in England to be granted funding for related children, as research shows tens of thousands are missing out on vital income because they can’t provide the 15 and 30 hours offers to family members.

The DfE has dismissed concerns raised by the Treasury Committee that funding for the 30 hours does not reflect nurseries’ costs.

Registered childminders in Wales will be able to provide funded places for related children that do not live with them from September.

Ofsted has issued new guidance to inspectors on registering and inspecting sites shared by childcare and eldercare services.

Childcare practitioners are invited to give their views on the impact working in the early years has had on their stress levels and mental well-being.

The first Ofsted figures on childcare providers and inspections since the introduction of the 30 hours, reveal there are 468 fewer nurseries and childminders than at the end of August 2017.

Mothers are losing more than a billion pounds in earnings every year because a lack of high-quality, affordable childcare prevents them from working or increasing their hours, finds a charity.

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) wants to hear from childcare owners and managers about the challenges they are facing with recruitment and retention of staff.