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Up to £5m of Government funding is available for teaching schools to share best practice with early years providers in the run-up to the introduction of the Early Years Pupil Premium.

The British Chambers of Commerce is calling for a childcare loan scheme for parents to help businesses retain staff who start a family.

MPs have suggested that nursery schools should be able to become academies to guarantee their funding.

Budding nursery owners and childminders are encouraged to apply for a share of £1m in Government funding to help with their start-up costs.

A think tank is calling for early education funding to be given only to providers who can show they are ‘raising their game’.

Councils are using money earmarked for other projects to fund a £1bn shortfall in Government funding for new school places, a survey shows.

The Liberal Democrats would raise the pupil premium for nursery-age children to £1,000 a year, under plans released as part of the party’s election manifesto.

The contract for running the Tax-free childcare (TFC) scheme was awarded last week to National Savings and Investments (NS&I), which will be the sole operator to deliver the childcare accounts when the scheme is introduced in autumn 2015.

Private and voluntary nurseries in Scotland are seeing their number of funded places capped as local authorities move to increase their own provision.

Nurseries that fail to teach children 'Fundamental British Values' will see their funding stripped away by their local authority.