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Ofsted’s national lead for early years has agreed to follow-up on concerns that ‘requires improvement’ childminders, unlike nurseries, could wait years to be re-inspected.

The End Child Poverty Coalition is calling on the House of Lords to ensure the Government continues to report on income-related child poverty measures.

Nursery groups Just Childcare and Child First have both acquired new settings.

The Government has confirmed it will publish the results of its 30 hours funding review in a fortnight’s time.

A new think-tank report urges the Chancellor to re-think cuts to tax credits and sets out alternative ways savings can be made.

The charity Shelter has launched an emergency appeal to help more than 100,000 children who will be waking up homeless this Christmas.

From this month, all nursery practitioners working for Childbase Partnership will be paid the National Living Wage, five months ahead of the Government deadline.

New research suggests that 5.84 million people are paid less than the Living Wage and of these 280,000 work in the childcare and related personal services sector.

Primary school pupils could face formal testing at the age of seven as part of a package of Government measures aimed at tackling underachievement.

Plaid Cymru has pledged to increase free early education from 10 to 30 hours a week for all three- and four-year-olds in Wales if it wins the Assembly election next year.