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Charlotte Goddard finds out how the 30-hour pilot in Swindon is being extended to offer flexible childcare to shift-workers

In the first of a series looking at how the Government’s 30 hours offer of free childcare is being piloted, Charlotte Goddard explores a scheme that has places reserved for unemployed parents. Plus, James Hempsall comments

In an austerity landscape, extensive free training is being replaced by more innovative councils with everything from partially subsidised to full profit-making models. Annette Rawstrone reports

Children’s centres provide childminders and parents with a crucial place to meet and access services, but many are closing. New mum Gabriella Jozwiak finds out what is replacing them

Funding from the Early Years Pupil Premium led to a Natural Explorers project in Hackney that benefited the whole nursery and children’s centre, write Lisa Clarke and Fran Paffard

Thinking of extending for the 30 hours? Shannon Hawthorne, press and public affairs director at Pre-school Learning Alliance, gives the lowdown on the Government’s capital funding scheme

The Government’s plans for business rate relief for small companies garnered headlines, but with them come reforms making it harder to appeal. Karen Faux delves into the detail

One school in West Yorkshire is using the Early Years Pupil Premium to fund drama sessions led by a performance artist, writes Helen Chilton

From the new standards to latest developments on GCSEs and funding, we have compiled a roundup of the latest developments to hit early years apprenticeships

Collaborate to make the most of EYPP funding, explains Di Chilvers