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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.

Baby rooms in the UK still tend to be the forgotten part of the nursery. What does this provision look like abroad, and can different approaches offer new ideas? Charlotte Goddard investigates.

The impact of underfunding of the free entitlement for childminders has been revealed - with two thirds making a loss. Charlotte Goddard reports.

With the funding season about to start, education grants expert Caroline Voogd rounds up some places to look.

Sale-and-leaseback schemes offer a chance for both new and established providers to release capital. Courteney Donaldson, director and head of childcare at Christie & Co, sets out the detail.

Many nurseries taking some of the most disadvantaged two-year-olds in the country are providing free meals to ensure good nutrition, but often out of their own pocket. Gabriella Jozwiak reports.

When the Early Years Pupil Premium comes in this April, it will be up to providers how they channel the funding. Charlotte Goddard looks at what settings should be thinking about

From books to outdoor spaces, free money is available for your projects - if you know where to look for it. Caroline Voogd, editor of Fundraising for Schools, offers guidance.

With bank lending falling since the financial crisis and cuts to local authority budgets taking hold, early years providers are beginning to turn to crowdfunding as a way of raising cash. Katy Morton reports.

Voluntary-run playgroups and pre-schools are the finest example of the 'Big Society' and should be supported to become sustainable, argues volunteer Sue Cowley.