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Staff-to-child ratios, and more importantly, staff qualifications and in-service training can predict the quality of pre-school childcare settings, a new study has found.

Children's charities and a teaching union have joined forces to call for more investment in early years education, amid evidence that underfunding issues are damaging children’s life chances.

How much childcare is available for mothers who work full-time? Pamela Calder, former chair of the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network and who campaigned in the 70s for better access to childcare, asks whether things have improved

Children’s services in England are ‘at breaking point’, MPs warn today.

Andrea Leadsom is to make policy proposals to Cabinet for early help for families ahead of the spending review.

The Government should extend its 30 hours offer to those working eight hours per week and eventually to all unemployed parents, the Social Mobility Commission said today.

The childcare sector is being urged to join together in the fight for increased funding by taking part in a week of action.

As providers increasingly move to charging parents of disadvantaged two-year-olds for ‘extras’, one local authority body has recommended settings refrain from doing so.

Government funding of the early years has risen over the past few decades, but could the money have been better spent?

How are the financial difficulties facing some families affecting early years settings, and what are they doing to help, asks Meredith Jones Russell

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