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A campaign group of childcare providers have lodged a complaint with the competition watchdog about the Government’s underfunding of the free hours.

Close to half of early years settings in Bolton say they could become financially inviable in the next two years.

A south-east nursery group has secured multi-million pound investment to fund expansion to more than 20 sites.

Early years minister Caroline Dinenage has told private nursery owners that they must charge parents for additional services if their viability is threatened by 30 hours funding rates that are less than the fees they charge outside the free entitlement.

Research carried out for a DfE review into the costs of childcare has finally been published a year after a Freedom of Information request from the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

New research from the Family and Childcare Trust raises concerns over the availability and quality of childcare when the 30 hours starts in September.

A TV programme has sparked outrage among the sector after its presenter claimed providers offering the funded hours are ‘running into the sunset with taxpayers’ cash’.

Higher-quality early years education does not involve ‘substantially higher cost’, according to new research commissioned by the DfE, which also found that maintained provision has higher delivery costs than the PVI sector.

A new online database developed by the Pre-school Learning Alliance aims to help settings prepare for the new early years national funding formula.

Police and transport workers will be eligible for a loan up to £1,500 to pay for upfront childcare costs, which Sadiq Khan says are stopping mothers returning to work.