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Historical View: Is childcare working?

How much childcare is available for mothers who work full-time? Pamela Calder, former chair of the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network and who campaigned in the 70s for better access to childcare, asks whether things have improved

30 Hours, Part 9: Tower Hamlets - Reaching out

Tower Hamlets, which has extremely high levels of deprivation, has one of the highest Government hourly rates for 30 hours. How is the area spending it? Joanne Parkes reports, while James Hempsall talks about poverty

30 Hours, Part 1: Hertfordshire - Free to work

In the first of a series looking at how the Government’s 30 hours offer of free childcare is being piloted, Charlotte Goddard explores a scheme that has places reserved for unemployed parents. Plus, James Hempsall comments

Nursery Chains: Policy - Doubling up

The free entitlement for three- and four-year-olds with working parents will increase to 30 hours in 2017,but a trial is taking place next year. Charlotte Goddard meets some of those taking part

Nursery Chains: Policy - Election watch

As the politicians gear up for next year's general election, Nursery World asked six nursery chains what policies they would like to see the parties committing to. Interviews by Charlotte Goddard.

Integrated Working: Hand in hand

New initiatives are bringing together expertise from the health service, early years sector and care in an effort to improve provision for children. Katy Morton investigates.

Take twos.. continuity of care

The expansion of the free entitlement for disadvantaged two year-olds will require new solutions to meet demand for places and new relationships between providers. James Hempsall describes how this has been the case in Stockton-on-Tees, where a holistic family approach has focused on providing continuity between a specially created playgroup and the children's centre.

15 hours... opening from 7am to 7pm

Supporting Families in the Foundation Years sets out proposals for parents to access their free entitlement at the earlier time of 7am, or later at 7pm. James Hempsall outlines how one nursery is already meeting the challenge of these extended hours.

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