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Working parents face a holiday childcare bill of more than £800 over the school summer holidays, according to new research.

Action for Children is calling on the Government to establish a National Childhood Strategy as findings from its survey suggest an ‘emerging crisis in modern childhoods'.

The situation for private and voluntary nurseries in England is so dire that early years education and childcare are at risk of becoming services that only wealthy families can access, MPs and peers have warned.

Sixty-six schools in disadvantaged areas will share £22m in funding to expand their nursery provision for two- to-four-year-olds.

One in three councils are concerned they will run out of funding to provide statutory services such as child protection by the end of this Parliament.

Millions of pounds allocated by the Government for free school meals for some of the poorest children in the country is unaccounted for, according to a new report.

An anonymous donation of £500,000 will help set up outdoor nurseries in some of Scotland’s most deprived communities.

The Government will spend more than £10,000 on each childcare T- level in a bid to boost the numbers taking this new Level 3 programme.


A very worrying report out this week from the Early Years Alliance indicates many childcare providers in the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sector find themselves in a funding crisis.

Childcare providers in deprived areas are twice as likely to close as those in the most affluent areas, according to new research, which also finds that the early years funding shortfall has risen by £50m in a year.