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Early years organisations have raised concerns that the funding rate for early education two-year-old places will not rise next year.

The Government must take early years provision more seriously with a long-term vision, a cross-party group of MPs warns today, if ministers really want to close the attainment gap between poor children and their peers.

In the concluding part of this series, Gabriella Jozwiak analyses how London services are developing to meet increased demand.

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.