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This month's Working Mum column gives a real insight into the continuing problems that parents face in trying to arrange childcare - in this instance, out-of-school provision for her elder daughter who starts reception next term.

Earlier this year, Birmingham City Council announced that from April 2015 childcare providers in the city would only be funded to deliver the free entitlement if they paid the Living Wage of £7.65 an hour. The uproar in the sector was well reported by Nursery World and is easy to understand.

Last week, the Resolution Foundation hosted an event in partnership with the Family and Childcare Trust reflecting on what we have all learned in the decade since the 2004 childcare strategy about the best way forward.

Kevin Lowe, Head of Consultancy Services at the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) calls for a co-ordinated approach to combat the high rates of poor children getting injured or killed on our roads

The full potential of the female workforce is being lost due to the high cost of childcare, argues Vidhya Alakeson

We have become good at creating bad jobs, says Vidhya Alakeson

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

Will Universal credit deliver on its central claim – to make work pay not just in the first hour but for every subsequent hour?

Last week marked the beginning of party conference season. All the parties know that they have to speak to and for women to stand a chance of winning in 2015. This means that childcare will increasingly feature as we head towards the election.

Stay-at-home mums feel they are getting a hard time from this Government.