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Early years and childcare failed to receive a name-check in the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget speech today, with criticism from sector organisations and teaching unions for the Government’s failure to address the lack of investment.
The Department for Education has put the contract out to tender for a supplier to develop, pilot and oversee the Reception baseline.
According to a group of children’s charities, ‘crippling’ funding cuts mean councils are forced to help only children in crisis.
As part of a redesign of services for children and families, Warwickshire County Council is closing 25 of its 39 children’s centres in a bid to save £1.1 million.
Nursery World has spoken to a number of nurseries, including groups and standalone settings, across the country to find out how they are making the 30 hours work.
Minister for children and families Robert Goodwill has insisted most nurseries are able to make the 30 hours offer work and parents are happy to pay for extras.
Measures of children’s progress – especially one-off assessments such as the baseline in Reception – are flawed, meaning neither policy-makers nor children benefit, say Alice Bradbury and Guy Roberts-Holmes
A group of charities have written to the children and families minister urging him to extend the 30-hours of funded childcare to foster carers.
The Trussell Trust says that universal credit has driven more families to food banks and warns of a surge in demand in the run up to Christmas.
The former Welsh cabinet minister was sacked from his job on Friday, after allegations were made about his personal conduct.
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