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A new one-year programme from the Early Intervention Foundation will look at how to improve outcomes for children in five areas.

The Local Government Association says it is 'inevitable' councils will be forced to close more children's centres unless the Government provides extra funding.

According to the Children’s Society, thousands of families in financial crisis are missing out on vital support due to Government funding cuts which has seen crisis support scaled back.

The Scottish Government has been accused of not adequately preparing for the delivery of the 1,140 hours of funded childcare by opposition MSPs.

Children’s minister Nadhim Zahawi will announce later today that the Department for Education will provide an extra £24 million for maintained nursery schools to plan for the 2019/20 school year.

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.

Thousands of campaigners against the closure of maintained nursery schools have signed a mass petition presented to Parliament yesterday by more than 30 MPs.

Cross-party MPs will warn ministers that all of England’s maintained nursery schools are at real risk of closure, threatening the life chances of vulnerable children, in a debate in the main chamber of Parliament today.

The early years sector has expressed further concern over the financial sustainability of settings as new figures reveal stagnant funding rates for most local authorities next year.

Despite a challenge from Labour councillors, the mayor of Tower Hamlets has confirmed the closure of the last three council nurseries will go ahead as planned.