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Working parents face a holiday childcare bill of more than £800 over the school summer holidays, according to new research.

Action for Children is calling on the Government to establish a National Childhood Strategy as findings from its survey suggest an ‘emerging crisis in modern childhoods'.

The situation for private and voluntary nurseries in England is so dire that early years education and childcare are at risk of becoming services that only wealthy families can access, MPs and peers have warned.

Sixty-six schools in disadvantaged areas will share £22m in funding to expand their nursery provision for two- to-four-year-olds.

One in three councils are concerned they will run out of funding to provide statutory services such as child protection by the end of this Parliament.

Millions of pounds allocated by the Government for free school meals for some of the poorest children in the country is unaccounted for, according to a new report.

An anonymous donation of £500,000 will help set up outdoor nurseries in some of Scotland’s most deprived communities.

The Government will spend more than £10,000 on each childcare T- level in a bid to boost the numbers taking this new Level 3 programme.

Childcare providers in deprived areas are twice as likely to close as those in the most affluent areas, according to new research, which also finds that the early years funding shortfall has risen by £50m in a year.

After Sure Start Children’s Centres were found to significantly reduce hospitalisations for children in poorer areas and save the NHS millions of pounds, the research authors share their findings.