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Two-thirds of councillors responsible for children’s services say their local authority doesn't have the resources to provide universal services such as children’s centres, finds survey.

Bright Kids nursery group is crowdfunding to raise money to buy a defibrillator for each of its three settings and one for public use.

Nearly three-quarters of Conservative councillors are concerned about Government funding cuts to children’s centres, a new poll has revealed.

The early years sector has raised alarm over apparent further Government confusion on the 30 hours policy.

Thousands of teachers, school support staff and parents are to lobby Parliament today (24 October) against cuts to school funding.

Nursery owners have criticised children and families minister Robert Goodwill, claiming that comments he made to providers after a meeting in Westminster show a ‘lack of knowledge and understanding’ of 30-hours funding.

Children and Families Minister Robert Goodwill said he is ‘living in a parallel universe’ when it comes to the 30 hours at a Parliamentary debate today.

Childcare providers are reporting confusion among parents about confirming their eligibility for the 30 hours, putting their funded place at risk.

The 30 hours childcare policy could widen the gap between poorer children and their better-off peers, and should be axed unless it is properly funded, a leading education charity says today.

A Labour Government would bring in a ring-fenced grant of £500m a year for children’s centres and offer universal early education for two-to four-year-olds.