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With the upcoming Budget and Spending Review, ministers must argue for more funding on behalf of the whole early years sector - not just maintained nursery schools, says Neil Leitch
Labour’s proposed childcare revolution tackles some persistent problems, but it must be able to put its money where its mouth is
The Government's £30m school nurseries fund may be great news for schools, but why should private and voluntary nurseries be seen as second-class citizens?
As recent reports reveal ongoing problems with the underfunding of the 30 hours, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the biggest voluntary sector provider the Pre-school Learning Alliance, calls for Government action, as he explains why it has closed more than 20 settings
At a recent Lobby Day in Parliament, early years providers voiced their concerns to those with the power to correct current policies
We, Canterbury Early Years United Collaboration, are writing to express our deep concern regarding the lack of funding for young children with SEND.
The scourge of late payments is completely unnecessary, argues Keith Appleyard, nursery treasurer and formerly Head of Governance, Risk and Compliance at American Express
The Government is gearing up to try and relax ratios again, argues Christie and Co's Courteney Donaldson, managing director of childcare and education
Natalie Perera says that the state of children's centres reinforces the case for a clear strategy for integrated early childhood services
With funding on everyone's mind, important issues end up taking a back seat, says Michael Pettavel