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Working parents are increasingly demanding good quality childcare for a basic standard of living, according to a child poverty charity which is calling for a ‘real living wage’ to help reach that goal.

Nearly half of all three-and four-year-olds have their own touch-screen devices, new research suggests.

Parents taking part in the trial of a new digital joint childcare service later this year, will be able to access Tax-Free Childcare early, ahead of the 2017 rollout.

Nurseries, pre-schools, childminders and out-of-school clubs are being sent letters from HMRC inviting them to sign up for Tax-Free Childcare.

Puppets are being used to tackle the complex message of internet safety in an original approach to children’s theatre.

Free childcare for all working parents should not rise to 30 hours a week, but instead extra childcare should be provided free to low-income parents, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has said.

Less than 2 per cent of primary school children’s packed lunches meet standards for school meals, new research suggests.

Local government cuts have stranded children with learning disabilities without effective access to services during the school holidays, according to a survey by charity Mencap.

Hampshire County Council is closing most of its children’s centres as it moves from offering universal services to targeted support for vulnerable families.

More than 150 Great North Snowdogs will be on the loose across the North East in a unique public art trail taking place this autumn.