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Data experts have costed the three main parties' pledges on extended free childcare.

The ongoing issue of childminders being unable to claim early education funding has come under the spotlight again, after Lancashire County Council was forced to back down on plans to stop the free entitlement for children related to nursery staff at their setting.

Rules banning early years staff from working with children because of who they live with are 'unfair' and 'ineffective', nurseries claim.

Lancashire County Council confirmed today (2 April) that it will not be going ahead with plans that would have seen children with relatives working in the same setting losing their early education funding.

Lancashire County Council has made a dramatic climbdown over its decision to ban nursery workers with related children in their nursery from claiming free hours funding.

Education officials have slammed a council’s plans to stop children related to nursery staff from claiming free early education funding in the setting where they work.

In future early years settings will receive a half-day's notice ahead of their routine inspection, Nursery World can exclusively reveal.

The number of nurseries and childminders rated good and outstanding increased in the last inspection period.

Children’s life chances are being affected by the failure of early years services to engage with fathers, according to a parliamentary report.

The union Voice wants the next Government to make the compulsory registration of nannies a priority.

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