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Government funding of the early years has risen over the past few decades, but could the money have been better spent?

Investment in children’s mental health services has fallen in over a third of local areas in England, with wide variation across the country, according to the Children’s Commissioner for England.

Northamptonshire county council has gone ahead with its proposed cuts to funding supplements paid to providers.

A letter from the National Education Union (NEU) urging the education secretary Damian Hinds to end the school funding crisis has been signed by 1,115 local councillors.

Childcare providers in Northamptonshire may be forced to get rid of staff, resources or reduce their own salaries if the county council goes ahead with plans to cut early years funding from April.

Nurseries and childminders across the country are planning on increasing their charges to parents because of upcoming increases to the national living and minimum wage.

PACEY has launched the next stage of a campaign to dispel myths about childminders and boost take-up of funded twos places.

Training providers say they have lost faith in the Government to deliver the Level 3 apprenticeship standard – which has still not been produced five years after work on it started.

A new DfE report on providers’ finances shows that the hourly fee charged by settings for three- and four-year-old places is on average 58p higher than what they receive in funding.

Three-quarters of nurseries are facing a hike of between 5- to- 12 per cent to their staffing costs due to the rise in wages and pensions from 1 April.