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We take a look at some of the biggest stories of 2013 and consider what lies ahead.

Oxfordshire County Council has backtracked on proposals to close some of its children’s centres, following widespread campaigns to keep the centres open.

Plans to close a third of children’s centres in Dudley have been abandoned after parents campaigned against the proposed closures.

Early years experts and organisations are calling for a national debate on how children’s centres provide vital support for children and families.

New figures from the Government’s Troubled Families programme show that halfway into the three-year programme, more than fifty-per-cent (62,000) of the 120,000 identified households are being worked with.

An attempt by peers to maintain the legal duty on local authorities in England to assess the sufficiency of childcare in their local area has failed.

Seven of Dudley's 20 children’s centres could close if council proposals are given the go ahead.

Unison has warned that children’s services are ‘hanging by a thread’ as charities become increasingly financially dependent on winning contracts from the public sector.

Professionals working with children should be required by law to report any suspicions they have about child abuse, the former director of public prosecutions has said.