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Plans to make it easier for mothers and fathers to share paid parental leave during the first year of a child’s life have been set out today by the Deputy Prime minister.

Families will save up to £4,600 per child each year in an independent Scotland, according to first minister Alex Salmond.

Early years experts and organisations are calling for a national debate on how children’s centres provide vital support for children and families.

New figures from the Government’s Troubled Families programme show that halfway into the three-year programme, more than fifty-per-cent (62,000) of the 120,000 identified households are being worked with.

The Department for Education has doubled the funding available for the early years bursary scheme to £3,000 in a bid to encourage more applicants.

An attempt by peers to maintain the legal duty on local authorities in England to assess the sufficiency of childcare in their local area has failed.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request by Labour reveals that one in three councils believe they do not have enough places to meet the Government’s two-year-old offer.

The Mayor of London has committed to providing free school meals to all children in London.

Elizabeth Truss has accused Labour of misinterpreting statistics, after Ed Miliband claimed there are 35,000 fewer childcare places under the current Government.

Sunflower Nursery in Cambridge played host to the Deputy Prime Minister.