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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.

In the concluding part of this series, Gabriella Jozwiak analyses how London services are developing to meet increased demand.

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

A group of two children’s centres in Bournemouth has been rated as ‘requires improvement’ in its first Ofsted inspection since being amalgamated.

Oxfordshire County Council has backtracked on proposals to close some of its children’s centres, following widespread campaigns to keep the centres open.

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.

Lisa Harker, head of Strategy Unit, NSPCC, calls for children's centres services to be refocused on supporting children under the age of two

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.

Plans to close a third of children’s centres in Dudley have been abandoned after parents campaigned against the proposed closures.

Early years experts and organisations are calling for a national debate on how children’s centres provide vital support for children and families.