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Sector leaders are urging the Department for Education (DfE) to delay finalising its proposed funding reforms for early years apprenticeships in favour of a more ‘joined-up’ approach.

The Government’s dreams of a childcare sector led by graduates could remain just that if proposals to strip town halls of powers to pay ‘quality supplements’ get the go ahead, sector leaders have warned.

A confusion-busting online calculator is helping settings work out what rates they may be getting when the new early years national funding formula is rolled out.

Free childcare for all working parents should not rise to 30 hours a week, but instead extra childcare should be provided free to low-income parents, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has said.

As the eight chosen areas begin to pilot the 30-hour free entitlement from this month, some settings are introducing new policies such as charges and limiting flexibility.

‘Funding pressures’ have forced the closure of charity 4Children tomorrow (31 August), with Action for Children taking over many of its services, including the early years and childcare work for the Government.

A nursery group's continental connections are blossoming in spite of Brexit with a ‘culturally immersive' childcare exchange.

Local government cuts have stranded children with learning disabilities without effective access to services during the school holidays, according to a survey by charity Mencap.

Settings are urged to air their views in the Government’s apprenticeship levy consultation after a leading training provider warned that ‘catastrophic’ funding cuts are in store.

First reactions to the consultation for the proposed Early Years National Funding Formula highlight the fact that a number of unanswered questions remain.