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Maintained nursery schools should be able to convert to academy status like primary, secondary and special schools, a parliamentary group will be told on Tuesday.

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.

Parents of SEN children are still struggling after recent reforms, reports Charlotte Goddard

The pilot of 30-hour childcare in York is under threat after nurseries warned that the low funding rate puts their businesses at risk of closure.

Children's charity Save the Children is calling for every nursery in England to have a qualified early years teacher by 2020.

A new consultation on how information sharing can help drive the 30 hours entitlement will happen later this year, the childcare minister said this week.

The proportion of nurseries and childminders graded good or outstanding at their most recent inspection is now at an all-time high of 85 per cent, the latest Ofsted statistics show.

New research, due at the end of the month, will examine the success of a programme aimed at giving early years practitioners a better understanding of how babies and toddlers’ language and literacy develops.

Bright Horizons will be delivering a School Direct Early Years Teacher course in partnership with the Institute of Education (IoE) from September.

Changes to the way children with special educational needs and disabilities are funded in early years settings and schools have been put out for consultation, as part of wider reforms to schools funding.