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

Being able to communicate with service users in their own language is important, says James Hempsall

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.

As funding cuts bite, Birmingham is working hard to offer quality provision for local children. Gabriella Jozwiak reports

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.