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Grandparents who give up work to look after their grandchildren will be able to claim a weekly childcare allowance, under new plans set out by chancellor George Osborne.

Most of the providers who responded to the Government’s call for evidence on funded places did not give figures, leaving the Department for Education unable to understand the costs of providing free hours.

According to think tank IPPR, the Government has underestimated the cost of doubling the free hours for three and four-year-olds by £1 billion a year.

The Family and Childcare Trust is calling on the Government to invest the £535 million savings from delayed Tax-Free Childcare as capital funding, so that local authorities and providers can offer more flexible places.

David Cameron has said he is 'very proud' of the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) scheme following speculation that it will be scrapped in the spending review.

A Labour peer has tabled an amendment to the Childcare Bill calling for ongoing issues of underfunding to be addressed before the free childcare offer is doubled.

Ahead of next month's budget, early years organisation Start Strong is urging the government to invest in quality care for young children.

Nurseries contributing to the Government's call for evidence for the 30 hours funding review have told Nursery World that they found the process confusing and flawed.

Just one in ten childminders are planning on offering the free 30 hours to parents, exclusive research carried out by Nursery World's Nursery Management supplement suggests.

High adult-to-child ratios, regular support and training, and the length of time in the job are key factors for good quality childminding, a new study finds.