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Councils will receive a new minimum rate of £4.30 an hour in the new early years funding formula, the early years minister has confirmed.

Caroline Dinenage visited the Co-operative nursery in Swindon, the first in a series of visits to the area trialling the 30-hour childcare offer.

New analysis highlights the pressure put on nurseries by the introduction of the National Living Wage.

Much like the weather at the moment, the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement was damp and disappointing for those involved in education, childcare and the welfare of families and young children.

Families will be hit hard by the impact of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, economists have warned.

Rises to the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage have been announced by the Chancellor.

A cross-party group of MPs is calling on the Government to safeguard the future of maintained nursery schools.

Nursery school campaigners are calling for sector-wide backing and a government rethink on funding reforms after their online petition tipped the 14,000 mark in just over a fortnight.

The Scottish Government has named the three local authorities that will trial delivery of its expanded early learning and childcare scheme next year.

A new report recommends the early years pupil premium be increased to help children from low-income families progress.