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Budget cuts have seen the closure of many children’s centres, and reduced services at those that remain. But they are trying to forge a viable future, as Charlotte Goddard explains

The free entitlement for three- and four-year-olds with working parents will increase to 30 hours in 2017,but a trial is taking place next year. Charlotte Goddard meets some of those taking part

Many families across the UK are struggling financially, and the situation may be about to get worse – but nurseries are finding ways to offer practical support. Annette Rawstrone reports

The impact of underfunding of the free entitlement for childminders has been revealed - with two thirds making a loss. Charlotte Goddard reports.

A drop in the numbers applying for jobs, and in the quality of candidates, is leaving the sector floundering. Hannah Crown investigates.

A Christian nursery worker sacked for comments about homosexuality recently won a case against her employer. So are equality and discrimination mutually exclusive? Katy Morton finds out.

Early years practitioners know that part of their job is reducing the disadvantage gap. But what do they really think of poor children? Dr Donald Simpson, who has led a two-year study into practitioners'perceptions of poverty, reports.