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A new think tank report calls for parents to be denied child benefit if they fail to take advantage of the free hours and enrol their children in early years settings.

With the Childcare Bill for the 30 hours in the Commons and rising costs causing concern in early years, Ruth Thomson speaks to Sam Gyimah about what the sector can expect looking ahead.

Peers have voted in favour of an amendment to the Childcare Bill requiring Government to carry out an independent review of funding before the free childcare entitlement is doubled.

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.

In the first article in a seven-part series on the Early Years Pupil Premium, Charlotte Goddard explores how settings are closing the attainment gap through investment in staff.

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.