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Around 5 per cent of men now work in early years, but as June O'Sullivan explains, we need thoughtful debate on men in childcare now more than ever

Members of the expert panel which will be vetting new early years apprenticeships have been announced.

The founding owners of kidsunlimited are to open a new nursery group almost ten years after leaving the sector.

The Department for International Trade is inviting early years providers to a UK-China Early Years Education Development Forum on 7 December.

Most local authorities will not see any increase to their early years funding rates next year, Department for Education figures reveal, while the Government has launched a new £8m fund to help councils with ‘the challenges’ of 30 hours childcare.

Around 50,000 more children could be eligible for free school meals, which is likely to increase the availability of the Early Years Pupil Premium, under an eligibility shake-up.

Happy Days Nurseries has received £8m to open settings in 10 new locations over the next three years.

The GCSE maths and English requirement for Level 3 has been scrapped, but many settings are still struggling to hire and retain quality staff. Jo Parkes speaks to some chains to find out why

In the second part of this series, Karen Faux unpicks the different streams of support available for children with special educational needs

Early years apprenticeships have been a much-needed boost as the new Level 3 standard has now been submitted.