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The Early Intervention Foundation will be officially launched today by David Cameron.

The figures behind the Government's claim to be a big spender in early childhood services don't appear to add up, say Peter Moss and Eva Lloyd.

Ministers plan to change the way that nurseries and childminders are funded through local authorities, in a move towards developing a new national funding formula for free early education places.

Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group

The number of Sure Start Centres in Portsmouth will be cut to save up to 1 million in 2013/14.

The Old Station Nursery's Henley-on-Thames setting will reduce the cost of childcare from April, which could mean a saving for parents with a child on a part-time place of up to 2,730 a year.

Ministers are planning to introduce a new national funding formula for all early education places.

Following yesterday's pre-Budget announcement that the Government would extend tax-free childcare to more families, the Chancellor's speech was light on further support for children and families.

Children's charities are concerned that families will have to wait for more than two years before the new tax-free childcare system is brought in and that not enough is being done to support families on the lowest incomes.

Early years and childcare organisations responding to the Government's announcement that childcare vouchers will be extended to more working families are calling for a more simplified funding system that would pay providers directly.