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Andrea Leadsom is to make policy proposals to Cabinet for early help for families ahead of the spending review.

The Government should extend its 30 hours offer to those working eight hours per week and eventually to all unemployed parents, the Social Mobility Commission said today.

The childcare sector is being urged to join together in the fight for increased funding by taking part in a week of action.

As providers increasingly move to charging parents of disadvantaged two-year-olds for ‘extras’, one local authority body has recommended settings refrain from doing so.

The Work and Pensions Committee says the Government's response to its report on universal credit and childcare was'dismissive, disrespectful’ and treated the committee like ‘dirt’.

The National Children’s Bureau has been appointed the early years stakeholder lead by the Department for Education.

Children growing up in poverty are going hungry and experiencing feelings of shame and social exclusion due to lack of money and food, according to new research.

Childcare providers in Northamptonshire may be forced to get rid of staff, resources or reduce their own salaries if the county council goes ahead with plans to cut early years funding from April.

Nurseries and childminders across the country are planning on increasing their charges to parents because of upcoming increases to the national living and minimum wage.

More than two million families with children under five were living in poverty last year, official annual statistics show.