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Cambridge Education, a division of Mott MacDonald, is now running early years and school services for Slough Borough Council.
On the face of it, Devon looks like a prosperous county, but the reality is more mixed. Gabriella Jozwiak investigates.
Research interviews began last week with families taking part in one of the largest ever Government-funded studies into early years education.
In the first of a four-part series on different regions, Gabriella Jozwiak discovers how some well-judged schemes and plenty of hard work are supporting Liverpool's early years sector network.
Barnardo's and Action for Children have lost their contracts to run seven children's centres in Leicester in a council bid to save 1.7m a year.
Three Greater Manchester children's centres have been judged 'inadequate' by Ofsted less than six months after they became a 'cluster'.
More than 200 nursery workers and classroom assistants have demolished the long-running defence by Scottish councils of paying men discriminatory bonuses that are denied to women.
To prepare for the roll-out of funded two-year-old places to 20 per cent of two-year-olds from September 2013, the Department for Education (DfE) funded ten trial areas from September 2012 to March 2013.
The early years sector faces 'chronic underfunding', which threatens to put at risk the Government's plans to expand free nursery education places for two-year-olds.
There has been a mixed response from the early years sector to Ofsted's proposals to increase the frequency of inspections for weaker settings and replace the grade of 'satisfactory' with 'requires improvement'.