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Childcare providers will be able to ask schools if they can use their premises to run before and after-school and holiday childcare when they are not using them.

Childcare minister Sam Gyimah has confirmed that there will be a workforce strategy established next year.

Nurseries in Scotland would get extra money to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds under new plans announced by Scottish Labour this week.

Parliament is providing a second opportunity for the sector to share thoughts on the Childcare Bill.

A 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks should be brought in to help fight childhood obesity, MPs say.

As Nursery World went to press, the early years sector was still digesting confirmation of the funding rates for the 30-hour childcare entitlement for working parents, released just 24 hours before, and poring over two hefty reports.

Early years settings will receive an average of £4.88 to deliver the Government’s pledge of 30-hours of free childcare for three-and four-year-olds.

Parents will need to work 16 hours a week to be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare from 2017, the Chancellor has confirmed.

The latest Ofsted statistics reveal that the numbers of both nurseries and childminders have dropped over the five months to 31 August.

Children’s centres must continue to offer services to all families despite funding pressures, a leading voluntary sector provider argues.