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Over three hundred thousand of the UK’s poorest families will miss out on help paying childcare costs because the system is so complex, a charity has warned.

The Department for Education is giving an extra £31.7m to help local authorities implement special needs reforms.

More childminders would consider providing funded places for three- and four-year-olds if funding were increased, new research suggests.

Campaigning parents have won a victory against Tower Hamlets Council to keep four nurseries providing specialist services for children with disabilities and learning difficulties open.

The Government has confirmed that it will fund a £2m extension of the Childcare Business Grant scheme.

Birmingham Council has commissioned an independent review into the affordability for early years providers of paying staff the living wage.

Nurseries should make more use of ‘economies of scale’ to offer parents more affordable childcare, Sam Gyimah has said.

The Government has launched a new parent campaign to highlight the cash value of early education places.

The Select Committee on Affordable Childcare is to question the childcare minister on the underfunding of the free entitlement.

The true scale of the funding shortfall for childcare places in the early years sector is revealed in new research from the Pre-School Learning Alliance. Ruth Thomson takes a look at the numbers.