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Foster carers will be able to access 30 hours funded childcare for the children in their care, the Government has confirmed.

A new Government plan to boost social mobility has pledged £50m to increase school-based nursery places and close the 'word gap'.

New DfE figures show local authority spending on Sure Start and early years services has fallen by more than £650 million since 2010.

Dropping the eligibility cap for Tax-Free Childcare would free up £150m to pay for foster carers to access the 30 hours, the chair of the Education Select Committee has said.

During Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) this week, Theresa May said nursery owners had told her that some local authorities are operating the 30 hours 'system' well, while others are not.

A new report suggests that increases to minimum wage and national living wage rates will see childcare businesses failing and larger firms taking over.

Around 50,000 more children could be eligible for free school meals, which is likely to increase the availability of the Early Years Pupil Premium, under an eligibility shake-up.

According to a group of children’s charities, ‘crippling’ funding cuts mean councils are forced to help only children in crisis.

As part of a redesign of services for children and families, Warwickshire County Council is closing 25 of its 39 children’s centres in a bid to save £1.1 million.

Neil Leitch calls on the early years sector to find common ground and work together in lobbying for change to the 30 hours policy