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Following the Government’s review of childcare costs, Dr Jo Verrill, managing director of Ceeda, asks if more use of ‘variable staffing models’ is feasible

Eight local authority areas will pilot the 30-hour free childcare offer for working parents of three- and four-year-olds from September.

Many settings are spending EYPP money on communication and language schemes. Charlotte Goddard reports

A think-tank has claimed nationalisation of Scotland’s childcare is needed to meet the country’s 30-hours pledge.

Nursery children are to receive a maths boost in return for taking part in early years research.

A nursery owner has launched a petition asking the Government to reconsider the 30-hour free childcare pledge, and instead move to a means-tested system.

A simpler funding system, where parents pay for the cost of their childcare outside the free 15 hours on a sliding scale based on their income, has been proposed by the Family and Childcare Trust.

Adoptions are to be fast-tracked with a £200m overhaul announced by education secretary Nicky Morgan.

Whether it’s gin and tonic or apple crumble and custard, some things work better together than apart. By Charlotte Goddard

Nurseries and childminders will have to show Ofsted that they are using the Early Years Pupil Premium to best effect.