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The true scale of the funding shortfall for childcare places in the early years sector is revealed in new research from the Pre-School Learning Alliance. Ruth Thomson takes a look at the numbers.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan has confirmed the appointment of Anne Longfield as the next children’s commissioner for England.

The Government has acknowledged sector concerns that funding for the free entitlement ‘is not enough’ as it is accused of dismissing a key report on underfunding.

The expansion of Government-funded places for two-year-olds and better economic conditions has driven demand for children’s nurseries, according to a new report.

The CBI, a business lobbying organisation, is urging the Government to extend the free childcare offer to boost families’ living standards.

The charity Shelter, which has launched an emergency appeal, says that the number of families living in temporary accommodation has risen.

Separated parents who fail to pay towards the upbringing of their children could risk damaging their credit rating.

Shadow childcare minister Lucy Powell has been promoted to vice-chair of Labour’s election campaign.

4Children’s chief executive Anne Longfield is being considered as the next children’s commissioner for England.

An early years trainer is taking the Government to court over rules which he says mean apprentices will be forced to take ‘completely unnecessary re-sits’ of their GCSEs.