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The true scale of the funding shortfall for childcare places in the early years sector is revealed in new research from the Pre-School Learning Alliance. Ruth Thomson takes a look at the numbers.

Bertram has revealed it is subsidising places for three and four-year-old at its Glasgow settings because of a cap on its funded places.

Primary schools are to receive an extra £22.5 million to help them close the gap between the most and least disadvantaged pupils.

The expansion of Government-funded places for two-year-olds and better economic conditions has driven demand for children’s nurseries, according to a new report.

PVI providers are being left with more than a £400 shortfall in funding per child per year under the free entitlement, show new figures.

An independent review of childcare funding is needed to make sure the free offer works well, says Jill Rutter of the Family and Childcare Trust

Chancellor George Osborne is considering boosting the Childcare Business Grant scheme by £2m as part of a drive to increase female employment.

Schools minister David Laws has set out more details about the Early Years Pupil Premium, including plans for a pilot of the scheme.

Early years providers are being invited by the Government to apply for a share of £25m to fund approaches that improve children's outcomes.

More five-year-olds than ever are reaching a good level of development at the end of Reception, the latest statistics show.