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Many settings are wondering how they are going to afford the upcoming 5 per cent increase to the National Living Wage, let alone keep pay differentials to reward senior staff. So what are the options? Annette Rawstrone reports

The University of East London’s Ivana La Valle and Eva Lloyd, who were involved in the most recent evaluation of the 30 hours entitlement, discuss the key findings of their report and how the policy may develop in the future

Everything you need to know… but were afraid to ask.

T-levels – the Level 3 programmes of study that will come in from 2020 – look set to replace the Early Years Educator qualification. Hannah Crown has an update

The early years trailblazer group is now in its third incarnation, and is busy devising apprenticeship standards at Levels 5 and 6. Hannah Crown reports

Nursery World and NDNA join forces for a behind-the-scenes column

The funding gap is huge, poorer parts of the country have less access to childcare, and practitioners are paid just 2p an hour more than cleaners. But pride in the job remains, according to Ceeda’s About Early Years annual report. Hannah Crown reports

What does the history of early years policy and qualifications tell us about today’s workforce? Hannah Crown charts developments from the NNEB to T-Levels

David Finch continues his series on Universal Credit by asking if the reform incentivises those on low earnings to work more hours in order to increase their income

What can providers do if faced with late payments from their local authority? Do they have any legal redress? Meredith Jones Russell reports