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The UK Supreme Court is to rule on whether unmarried, cohabiting parents with children should be granted access to bereavement benefits.

A first aid training body has warned that pre-school children in Scotland are being put at unneccessary risk because there is no requirement for childcare staff to hold a paediatric first aid certificate.

A consultation on improving standards of home schooling has been launched by the Department for Education (DfE), while it also plans to consult on a voluntary code for out-of-school 'education' settings.

Nursery groups with more than 250 employees have reported on their gender pay gaps, with women ahead in some companies, but men still paid more in others despite the female-dominated nature of the early years sector.

The national minimum wage rates are set to increase again from 1 April, rising to £7.83 an hour for the highest paid.

In the spring statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond said that he was announcing £80m to support small businesses in engaging apprenticeships.

The scrapping of childcare vouchers has been delayed, after Labour forced a vote on the issue in the House of Commons yesterday.

The deadline is looming for the end of two consultations into the Government’s reforms of childcare training.

An inquiry into childcare policy and its influence on the economy has been launched by the Treasury Committee.

The government is consulting over changes to Qualified Teacher Status, a revised version of which will be introduced from September 2019.