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The Children’s Commissioner wants the two Conservative leadership candidates to put the billions they have promised for income and corporation tax cuts towards mending broken childhoods.

There is an obvious solution to help parents struggling with childcare costs under Universal Credit, argues Kevin Watkins of Save the Children UK.

Parents say they are being pushed into debt or having to turn down work due to childcare costs increasing by as much as £800 per month during the school holidays.

Millions of pounds allocated by the Government for free school meals for some of the poorest children in the country is unaccounted for, according to a new report.

The UK is one of the least family-friendly of the richest countries according to UNICEF.

The number of children using children’s centres has fallen by nearly 20 per cent, with a sharp drop in use among under-fives.


A very worrying report out this week from the Early Years Alliance indicates many childcare providers in the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sector find themselves in a funding crisis.

Our collection of curated articles now includes the Reception Baseline and the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework.

With the first ballot's results now announced, and 3 MPs eliminated, we take a look at wherre the 7 remaining Conservative leadership candidates stand on childcare and education.

Childcare providers in deprived areas are twice as likely to close as those in the most affluent areas, according to new research, which also finds that the early years funding shortfall has risen by £50m in a year.

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