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A petition against plans to cut Norfolk County Council’s children’s centre budget has attracted more than 5,000 signatures.

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

While free schools are helping meet growing demand for places, the programme has been ineffective in targeting areas of low school quality and attracting disadvantaged pupils, finds a new report.

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

Parents in England are facing a ‘postcode lottery’ for 30-hour places as new data shows huge variations in the number of codes validated per local authority, says the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

The Scottish Government has moved to strengthen the quality of childcare years in advance of its target to double its funded offer.

Two-thirds of councillors responsible for children’s services say their local authority doesn't have the resources to provide universal services such as children’s centres, finds survey.

Nearly three-quarters of Conservative councillors are concerned about Government funding cuts to children’s centres, a new poll has revealed.

The number of children’s centres in Birmingham will be cut from 29 to 18.

Nine out of ten parents in Scotland who want to change their working situation say a lack of appropriate childcare is the main barrier.