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While the Chancellor confirmed that the schools budget will remain protected under the Spending Review, worries have been raised about what it will mean for the early years sector.

Some providers fear that the existing levels of funding they receive through local authorities for the two-year-old entitlement will reduce when the programme expands beyond 2014.

Busy Bees Benefits has launched a second nationwide 'Mind the Gap - Raise the Cap' campaign to ensure the Government's proposed Tax-Free Childcare Scheme reflects childcare costs.

A total of 2m will be available through a new scheme in the run-up to the Early Years Educator qualification.

The Free Time Consortium, a collective of local voluntary play organisations, has been awarded a grant of 900,000 to support local play projects.

Perhaps Liz Truss could persuade the Treasury to adopt a novel form of quantitative easing, argues Ross Midgley - just print more children.

Family charity 4Children and the National Children's Bureau have been chosen as the Department for Education's Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) strategic partner for the next two years.

Family charity 4Children has been awarded contracts to pilot 'community childcare hubs' and support children's centres.

Creationist schools are being funded by the Government to provide free nursery education places, according to the British Humanist Association (BHA), Nursery World can exclusively reveal.

Analysis by London Councils, based on Department for Education figures, shows demand for permanent school places in London will increase by almost a third in a single academic year, with the pressure for places most acute in primary schools.