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Early years organisations have raised concerns that the funding rate for early education two-year-old places will not rise next year.

The Government must take early years provision more seriously with a long-term vision, a cross-party group of MPs warns today, if ministers really want to close the attainment gap between poor children and their peers.

We take a look at some of the biggest stories of 2013 and consider what lies ahead.

School nurseries in London will share an £8m fund designed to encourage them to open from 8am to 6pm and offer more free early education places for children from two upwards.

The proportion of early years providers judged inadequate has risen in the past year, annual Ofsted figures show.

More than 45 per cent of parents in Northern Ireland have reduced their working hours or left their job because of the high cost of childcare.

The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) is consulting with practitioners on the continued professional development (CPD) support they require in the future.

Families will continue to spend more than a quarter of their household income on childcare, even after Tax-Free Childcare is introduced, a think-tank has warned.

Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central, was appointed as Labour's new shadow minister for childcare and early years in October. Katy Morton met her to discuss her party's policies.

A paediatric physiotherapist has advised early years settings to encourage children to adopt a good posture when using tablet computers to avoid problems with their back health and future development.