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Sector leaders have welcomed Scottish childcare reforms, with plans to double free provision by 2020 and make funding ‘follow the child’.

Early years wages remain significantly below the national average and out of line with inflation, exclusive research by Nursery World and the Pre-school Learning Alliance reveals.

Hear from the early implementer councils about the progress of the 30-hour pilots at the Business Summit on 8 November.

Disadvantaged children in six areas across England will receive extra Government support, through a new £60m fund.

A study by the London School of Economics is warning that introducing a new early years national funding formula at the same time as the 30 hours will cause ‘turbulence’ in the sector and could threaten the sustainability of some settings.

From London to rural North Yorkshire, Michael Pettavel gives a personal view of inequality and the proposed Early Years National Funding Formula

The sector has welcomed the Government’s recognition of the inequality of access to childcare for children with special educational needs and disabilities, but has questioned how far its proposed reforms will go.

Early years funding rates have failed to keep pace with inflation in three-quarters of local authorities in England over the past five years, according to analysis by the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

Pen Green Children’s Centre has taken over the management of a neighbouring children’s centre and is opening its first satellite nursery next month, while forming a new Community Interest Company.

Hundreds of nursery schools, most in deprived areas, will close if the Government’s plans for early years funding go ahead, the NAHT has warned.