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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.

The childcare and education sector has criticised the Chancellor for ignoring the funding crisis facing early years settings and schools in his Autumn Budget.

Delivering his Autumn Budget 2018 yesterday, the Chancellor announced more money for Universal Credit, children’s social care and the NHS, but nothing for the early years sector.

Nearly 16,000 babies under the age of one are growing up in ‘toxic’ households at risk of severe harm, warns a new report from the children’s commissioner.

Children awaiting adoption outnumber adopters by two to one, new figures show.

New Government figures reveal in each of the last three years, the proportion of nursery schools in deficit has been double that of all schools.