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The Welsh Assembly's draft budget includes more money for the Flying Start scheme in a bid to to help up to 36,000 vulnerable families with young children.

Local authorities have raised concerns that many of the childminders coming forward to offer funded places for two, three and four year olds are not sufficiently well-qualified to provide high quality early years education.

Nearly a third of nurseries and childminders inspected following a complaint have seen their grade drop, according to figures released by Ofsted.

While there are no changes to senior Government posts following the reshuffle, Labour has made some key appointments to the shadow cabinet.

Teaching unions have renewed calls for a ban on the phonics reading test, following the publication of the provisional results of this year's check.

Ten thousand more children will become eligible for pupil premium funding in plans announced by children's minister Edward Timpson today.

Twenty organisations will pilot childminder agencies over the next 12 months.

Following last weekend's Big Conversation, Ofsted has confirmed that it would like to meet with representatives from the early years sector.

The National Day Nurseries Association is calling for all nurseries to be exempt from business rates, following Ed Miliband's pledge to lower them for small businesses.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership has confirmed that while EYPS and Early Years Teacher are equivalent, they are distinct awards with different standards.