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The publication of Ofsted’s Reception year report ‘Bold Beginnings’ has been met with dismay by some teachers and early years experts, particularly those concerned about the push of more formal learning from Key Stage 1 into the EYFS.

Dropping the eligibility cap for Tax-Free Childcare would free up £150m to pay for foster carers to access the 30 hours, the chair of the Education Select Committee has said.

During Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) this week, Theresa May said nursery owners had told her that some local authorities are operating the 30 hours 'system' well, while others are not.

Around 8,000 more disadvantaged children will be eligible for funded two-year-old places under universal credit, according to plans put out by the Department for Education for consultation.

The Department for Education has changed the wording on the Childcare Choices website after a complaint was made to the advertising watchdog that its marketing of the 30 hours was 'misleading'.

Nurseries, pre-schools and childminders are being invited to give their views on 30-hour childcare, three months after its national roll-out.

There are stark differences in early education opportunities across England, the Social Mobility Commission warns today.

PACEY and Voice are conducting joint research into why Early Years Teachers are leaving the sector, amid concerns that courses are closing, and that fewer students are choosing early years teaching as a career.

Only a fraction of the numbers of parents forecast have registered for Tax-Free Childcare, meaning that Government will spend 90 per cent less on the scheme than planned.

Chancellor Philip Hammond acknowledged concerns about the rollout of universal credit in his speech today.