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Play should be a crucial part of learning for children in primary school, a report into primary education has concluded.

The sudden closure of a London-based nursery group has left 70 staff without jobs and the parents of 287 children without daycare.

Children's secretary Ed Balls has appointed a new leadership and management team at Haringey children's services, following a 'damning' investigation into the council's handling of child abuse cases after the death of Baby P.

The plan to offer free nursery places for all two-year-olds has been scrapped by the Government, just two months after it was announced as part of a 1billion package to expand childcare.

The Government is to set out plans to 'refresh' the Ten-Year Childcare Strategy before Christmas, spelling out the direction of travel for policy on childcare quality and sufficiency.

Every local authority in England will be required by law to have a Children's Trust Board responsible for improving the safety and well-being of all children.

The number of childminders has dropped more than 10 per cent in the past two years, the latest figures from Ofsted show.

Adults have 'an unjustified and disturbing intolerance of children', according to children's charity Barnardo's.

More needs to be done to help families with the cost of childcare, says a new report that looks at the impact of the credit crunch on ordinary families.

The stereotyped image of childcare workers as female and vocational-minded rather than academic is to blame for low pay in the sector, says the Daycare Trust.

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