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Busy Bees and The Co-operative Childcare say they are placing restrictions on 30-hour places and charging for extras to make delivering the offer sustainable.

A TV programme has sparked outrage among the sector after its presenter claimed providers offering the funded hours are ‘running into the sunset with taxpayers’ cash’.

A report by think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) calls for the free entitlement, tax-free childcare and the EYFS to be done away with to drive down costs.

The Department for Education (DfE) has dropped plans to introduce a retake of the phonics check in Year 3.

Over the past six years, 377 children’s centres have closed and just eight have opened, according to new Government figures.

Five-year-olds could be subjected to testing, under plans being considered by the Department for Education.

Childminders are worried that they will face more pressure to offer the extended entitlement because of a lack of capacity in nurseries.

The Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn has resigned from her position as shadow early years minister over the Article 50 vote.

Guidelines recommend that children in early years settings are taught the importance of handwashing to prevent the spread of infections.

A landmark report into the state of child health in the UK reveals ‘stark inequalities’, rising death rates, obesity and ill-health.