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The Troubled Families programme needs to work with early years practitioners and organisations, says Maureen Longley of Interface Enterprises

Dr Richard House, a co-founder of Early Childhood Action, shares his first impressions

Decisions about childcare affect thousands of families on a daily basis. We know from a whole range of surveys that parents struggle with decisions about childcare for reasons of affordability, availability and quality.

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

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