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All 14 of Birmingham’s council-run nurseries are to be privatised.
Early years experts have warned that national wage increases could have a ‘devastating’ impact on the sector.
Nearly nine in ten providers offering the 30 hours in Wales agree that the rate is viable, according to findings from research into the early implementer phase of the scheme.
The early years sector has expressed further concern over the financial sustainability of settings as new figures reveal stagnant funding rates for most local authorities next year.
The Government has scrapped the only national Government funding scheme set up to help new childminders start their business, despite falling numbers in recent years.
Nine out of ten parents are worried about the future of their deaf child’s education amid the SEND funding crisis.
A new study aims to find out whether 20 minutes a day of story activities can help parents boost their child’s language skills.
The DfE is looking for a national training partner to take on the next stage of the Early Years Professional Development Fund, the children’s minister told delegates at the Nursery World Business Summit.
Projects aimed at boosting home learning and improving training for professionals working with children with SEND, are among those that have been allocated a share of £18m in DfE funding.
The cost to private and voluntary nurseries of last month’s budget is £437m according to an analysis by the National Day Nurseries Association.
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