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The funding gap is huge, poorer parts of the country have less access to childcare, and practitioners are paid just 2p an hour more than cleaners. But pride in the job remains, according to Ceeda’s About Early Years annual report. Hannah Crown reports

What does the history of early years policy and qualifications tell us about today’s workforce? Hannah Crown charts developments from the NNEB to T-Levels

David Finch continues his series on Universal Credit by asking if the reform incentivises those on low earnings to work more hours in order to increase their income

What can providers do if faced with late payments from their local authority? Do they have any legal redress? Meredith Jones Russell reports

The National Funding Formula for schools is changing from this month. What does this mean for early years, asks Hannah Crown

Will Universal Credit make parents paying for childcare better or worse off if they increase their hours, asks David Finch at the Resolution Foundation

In a new series about Universal Credit, David Finch of the Resolution Foundation explains exactly what the new benefit is, what it replaces and how it compares

We know the 30 hours represents a significant saving for some parents, but is this the case for all? Katy Morton and Hannah Crown report

The conditions governing delivery of the 30 hours are being set out in local agreements up and down the country, and there is significant variation, finds Charlotte Goddard

In the final part of this series,Charlotte Goddard visits the two remaining pilot areas and finds examples of best practice in communication – as well as the usual concerns about funding, with comment from James Hempsall