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The Government’s shift in focus towards childcare as a means of getting parents back to work, away from good quality early years education, is affecting settings’ quality and impacting social mobility, a cross-government report warns.

Awarding organisation CACHE will be the sole body to develop and deliver the Education and Childcare T-Level.

Thousands of campaigners against the closure of maintained nursery schools have signed a mass petition presented to Parliament yesterday by more than 30 MPs.

Belle Tutaev, who started the early years organisation, has died at the age of 90.

A petition calling on the Government to increase childcare funding in line with minimum wage rises has secured more than 6,400 signatures in just a few days.

Cross-party MPs will warn ministers that all of England’s maintained nursery schools are at real risk of closure, threatening the life chances of vulnerable children, in a debate in the main chamber of Parliament today.

Edinburgh’s nursery school teachers could be replaced by early years practitioners in a council bid to save millions of pounds.

Early years staff are now earning similar amounts to hairdressers after suffering a real-term pay loss of 5 per cent since 2013, reveals report.

Wales is to pilot a programme to align funding for providers delivering the country’s two childcare offers.

Children who are read to regularly by their parents or carers are ahead in their language skills by eight months, suggests a new study.