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A new Department for Education survey asking parents for their opinions on staff:child ratios has raised concern among the sector that there will be a renewed push for a relaxation.

Cherie Blair is calling for a Government strategy towards universal pre-school childcare with the ultimate aim of childcare for all parents, whatever their background and the age of their children.

Is it possible to break the cycle of poverty through intervention in young children's health and well-being? Pat Gordon-Smith weighs up the potential of different initiatives in England, Wales and Scotland.

Research interviews began last week with families taking part in one of the largest ever Government-funded studies into early years education.

A new report calls for a different approach to tackling in-work poverty as the number of families living below the breadline continues to rise.

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.

All infant school children in England will be eligible for free school meals from September 2014.

All children from one to five years old could benefit from free hours of early education, in plans being considered by the Liberal Democrats.

A new campaign launched by the Child Poverty Action Group is calling on the Government to ensure that the benefits debate focuses on the needs of ordinary families.

Play and music therapy will form part of a package of support to help adopted children bond with their families.