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More details of how the Tax-Free Childcare scheme will work in practice have been revealed to Nursery World by HMRC.

New analysis reveals that all schools in England face real-term cuts in funding per pupil, even after the introduction of a new National Funding Formula (NFF).

Most councils in Scotland are not adhering to Government guidance on cross-boundary funding of free childcare places, leaving parents unable to take up their 600-hour entitlement.

Nursery owners have accused Chancellor Philip Hammond of prioritising support for pubs over nurseries, as he announced plans to offer some business rate relief in his Spring Budget speech.

An early learning project that uses the children's television characters to help refugee children displaced by conflict to overcome trauma has been shortlisted for a $100m (£80m) grant from a Chicago-based charitable foundation.

Early years settings will not be able to force parents to pay for extras as a condition of taking up a free childcare place, the Department for Education has reiterated in a model agreement.

A part-time nursery place is costing British parents more than £6,000 a year, twice as much as what the average household spends on food and drink, according to the Family and Childcare Trust.

One in five nurseries has not applied for the Early Years Pupil Premium because of a lack of knowledge, a survey reveals.

Newly registered childminders and childminder agencies can apply for grants of up to £1,000, if they are planning to offer the Government’s funded 30-hour childcare places.

Parents should continue to have the option of using childcare vouchers, say campaigners, who are calling on the Government to scrap plans to stop new users from being able to register for them.