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In a bid to save its five day nurseries from closure, Salford City Council is proposing schools and other providers take over their running.

School leaders’ union NAHT has warned that without sufficient funding, the SEN code of practice is nothing more than an ‘empty promise’.

School fires in London have risen by more than a third in one year, according to new figures from the London Fire Brigade.

MPs and peers are calling for urgent action after a parliamentary inquiry finds that vulnerable children are missing out on early help and face a postcode lottery of support.

Conservative MPs are increasingly concerned about the survival of maintained nursery schools and the impact for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

As the deadline for paying 15 and 30 hours funding in monthly instalments approaches, Nursery World has looked at whether local authorities have already made the move and if it has been beneficial to providers.

Providers are having to manipulate claims for the funded hours because local authorities’ systems won’t allow for the 30- or 15-hour entitlements to be taken as stretched offers.

The Scottish Government has announced an extra £567 million in funding a year for 1,140 hours childcare.

A major report by the Sutton Trust claims that 1,000 Sure Start children’s centres have closed since 2009 - twice as many as Government figures show.

New analysis by the Labour party reveals local authority spending on children and young people's services has fallen by nearly £1 billion a year in real terms since 2012.