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The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), which represents 92,000 businesses, wants a universal childcare entitlement up until school entry to help firms retain staff and working parents to progress.

In the first of a series looking at how the Government’s 30 hours offer of free childcare is being piloted, Charlotte Goddard explores a scheme that has places reserved for unemployed parents. Plus, James Hempsall comments

Fewer restrictions are to be placed on the delivery of the 30 free hours of childcare to better meet the needs of children, parents and providers.

The Welsh Government has announced further developments to its 30-hours free childcare pledge, as well as a funded package of courses to upskill its early years workforce.

The Pre-school Learning Alliance says the DfE must now publish research on childcare delivery costs, following a ruling in the charity's favour from the Information Commissioner's Office.

The Government has awarded a £3m contract to ensure settings and councils ‘work closely together’ to create enough childcare to implement the 30 hours policy.

A report on how the pilot areas for the 30 hours free entitlement have performed will be made public – but not until a month before the full rollout next year.

A new interactive website reveals that schools with the most deprived pupils would see the greatest reduction to their budgets if the proposed new funding formula is introduced.

A nationwide shortage of ‘10,000 trained nursery teachers’ is putting a quarter of a million children at risk of falling behind, a charity claims.

Settings are invited to taking part in a £680k trial looking at the effects on children of boosting their parents' teaching skills and confidence.