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Ryan Shorthouse, researcher at the Social Market Foundation, says that action is needed to stop childcare costs rising out of the reach of families
Up to 30,000 nursery workers and teaching assistants are taking industrial action on Wednesday, in what could be the largest walkout since the 1926 General Strike. Dave Prentis from Unison explains why.
Median weekly gross pay for full-time jobs UK, 2011
Children's minister Sarah Teather has urged the early years sector to feed into the Government's consultation on changes to the free entitlement, particularly with regard to places for disadvantaged two-year-olds.
The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has expressed concern that the views of private day nurseries may not be taken into account in the Government's review of early education and childcare qualifications.
Professor Cathy Nutbrown is holding one-day events across the country to give the early years and childcare workforce the chance to contribute to the qualifications review.
Low-income families in 2015 will have to find over 60 per cent more of their own money to pay for childcare compared with 2006, according to new research.
Parents of two-year-olds in England are being asked for their views on the development check, due to be introduced for children between two-and-a-half and three.
The quality of provision in early years settings has risen in the past year, according to the latest inspection figures from Ofsted, with more providers judged to be outstanding or good.
The National Day Nurseries Association is working with the University of Oxford to carry out a practice-based research project to indentify the innovative ways settings engage with families.
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