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Cambridge Education, a division of Mott MacDonald, is now running early years and school services for Slough Borough Council.

The Stop, Listen, Consult petition has been signed by nearly 4,000 people and calls for the Department for Education to reconsider plans in More Great Childcare.

Eleven childrens centres in Essex are under threat of closure and others could see their opening hours drastically reduced, under plans out for consultation.

Research interviews began last week with families taking part in one of the largest ever Government-funded studies into early years education.

A number of Oxfordshire's children's centres could face closure as the council looks to make savings of 61m.

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.

Government investment into the supply of childcare places rather than subsidising demand is one solution being considered by the London Assembly to enable parents to get back to work.

A campaign group started on Facebook is taking on Kent County Council in a battle over proposals to close 23 of the county's 97 children's centres.

New figures show that almost 4,000 children in care were adopted between April 2012 and March 2013, the highest in any year since 1992.

Ofsted has published a new single inspection framework for inspecting local authority children's services.