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Children in the most deprived area of the country have seen a huge improvement in their outcomes at the end of the EYFS following a major programme of targeted Government investment.

Bright Horizons has lost its case in the high court to extend one of its settings after a judge ruled a nursery is not a ‘school’ and therefore does not benefit from the same planning rights.

Wales is to pilot a programme to align funding for providers delivering the country’s two childcare offers.

The DfE is looking for a national training partner to take on the next stage of the Early Years Professional Development Fund, the children’s minister told delegates at the Nursery World Business Summit.

Children are being steered towards pleasing teachers over developing a genuine love of learning under proposed reforms to the Early Learning Goals, early years experts said yesterday.

The job title ‘early years practitioner’ will be used to show which level 2 qualifications count in ratios, Nursery World has learned.

A Labour Government would increase provider funding to £7.35 an hour for free hours, introduce a national pay scale, and move towards a graduate-led workforce.

A bill prohibiting smacking in Scotland has led to renewed calls for the rest of the UK to follow suit.

The Government has removed the disqualification by association rule for childcare practitioners in non-domestic settings and schools.

Registered childminders in Wales will be able to provide funded places for related children that do not live with them from September.