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A petition calling on the Government to increase childcare funding in line with minimum wage rises has secured more than 6,400 signatures in just a few days.

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.

Bright Horizons has lost its case in the high court to extend one of its settings after a judge ruled a nursery is not a ‘school’ and therefore does not benefit from the same planning rights.

Edinburgh’s nursery school teachers could be replaced by early years practitioners in a council bid to save millions of pounds.

Early years staff are now earning similar amounts to hairdressers after suffering a real-term pay loss of 5 per cent since 2013, reveals report.

A new study suggests when preparing children to start school there should be more emphasis on building skills to make and maintain friendships.

Wales is to pilot a programme to align funding for providers delivering the country’s two childcare offers.

Children who are read to regularly by their parents or carers are ahead in their language skills by eight months, suggests a new study.

A new report recommends all nurseries and schools link with care homes to improve children’s educational attainment.

Safehands Nurseries has been forced to close three-quarters of its settings after they became unsustainable.