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More than 1,500 people have responded to the Department for Education’s consultation on level 3 literacy and numeracy requirements since it launched on Saturday, early years minister Caroline Dinenage told delegates at Nursery World’s Business Summit today.

The Government has awarded a £3m contract to ensure settings and councils ‘work closely together’ to create enough childcare to implement the 30 hours policy.

The sector is urged to respond to a new consultation on the Level 3 literacy and numeracy requirements.

A report on how the pilot areas for the 30 hours free entitlement have performed will be made public – but not until a month before the full rollout next year.

A new interactive website reveals that schools with the most deprived pupils would see the greatest reduction to their budgets if the proposed new funding formula is introduced.

Schools are beginning to see the benefits of their teaching assistant workforce just as the TAs themselves are facing major cuts to their terms and conditions and, in many cases, pay. Charlotte Goddard reports

Nearly 1,000 teaching assistants in Durham have voted overwhelmingly to strike over plans by Durham County Council to cut their pay, which will see some lose nearly a quarter of their wages next April.

Research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reveals that the cost of childcare in the UK accounts for more than a third of a couple’s average household income.

Plans to slash funding for early years apprentices have been upheld by the Government, despite an outcry.

Following the promotion of Graham Stuart as a government whip, the former shadow education secretary, Lucy Powell is the new Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes.