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Ministers are asking for voluntary organisations, charities and local communities to contribute to a consultation on developing a long-term strategy to end child poverty.

An Essex nursery that looked set to lose out on 1.2m from the Early Years Capital Grant has been told that the local authority will honour its contract and provide the funding.

Child detention is to be phased out and will end completely by next May, deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

All of the play services in a large London borough could be axed in council spending cuts.

Campaigners have succeeded in winning a reprieve for a council-run nursery in Brighton, after more than 5,000 people signed a petition to save it.

Early years initiatives, such as Sure Start and the free entitlement for three-and four-year-olds, have not improved children's literacy and numeracy by the time they start school, according to new research.

Nurseries concerned about risk will be interested in new proposals over health and safety, say Tabitha Cave and Natalie Andrews.

The Government has written to all local authorities confirming the funding they will receive to deliver frontline services, including details of the new Early Intervention Grant. I'd like to outline in more detail what the EIG means for early years services.

Schools are to receive an extra 430 in funding for every pupil they accept from disadvantaged homes next year, under Government plans announced on Monday.

Nurseries in Hertfordshire have warned that they may be forced to pull out of the free entitlement scheme for three- and four-year-olds in April if they are not allowed to charge top-up fees.