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Through all the debate around 30 hours, one thing has remained constant.

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 important contribution of childminders to improving the lives of children and families in Camden, London has been recognised with an awards ceremony.

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.

With the number of self-employed people on the rise, ad hoc childcare is proving popular, reports Gabriella Jozwiak

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.