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Following confirmation of the Reception baseline providers earlier this month, schools that want to use the baseline during the pilot year from this September have until April to sign up.
Early years providers across the country are facing a 'postcode lottery' with local authority funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in their care.
Parents gathered in Westminster to demand politicians put childcare at the top of their agendas in the run up to May's general election.
Parents in Scotland have written to the first minister asking her to guarantee a funded place for all children in partnership nurseries.
Councils should pass more free entitlement funding on to childcare providers, Nick Clegg said today.
The Labour party has released research into the cost of childcare in local areas showing huge variations across the country.
The cost of part-time nursery places for under-twos has risen by 33 per cent in the last Parliament, according to an annual survey of childcare costs.
The Troops to Teachers programme will be extended through a link with the University of Brighton.
A move from late to early intervention would save the Government billions of pounds a year, suggests new research.
An extra £1.5 million of funding has been made available to help councils prepare for the Early Years Pupil Premium.
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