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In the first of a series looking at how the Government’s 30 hours offer of free childcare is being piloted, Charlotte Goddard explores a scheme that has places reserved for unemployed parents. Plus, James Hempsall comments

Given the recruitment crisis, free entitlement and apprenticeship funding challenges, there is a lot of excitement about the new early years sector council set up in June by teaching union NAHT. Karen Faux quizzes chair Judy Shaw, head teacher of Tuel Lane Infants School & Nursery in Yorkshire, to find out more

The pipeline feeding Level 3 childcare staff into the sector is drying up, and we have the data to prove it. Hannah Crown speaks to a sector in crisis

At just eight clauses long, the Childcare Act is the law which brings the 30 hours into force.

The ‘epidemic’ requires a mix of early intervention and later support services, finds Charlotte Goddard

How is the impact of the 30 hours, National Living Wage and other increased business costs going to be felt across the sector? Hannah Crown reports

Data systems commonly pose big problems for providers, local authorities and health trusts alike. In the third part of our series on information sharing, Hannah Crown looks at computer-related challenges

Settings are trying to GCSE-proof future staff via bespoke training. Charlotte Goddard investigates

Childcare ratios have been a hot topic since former minister Liz Truss opened this particular Pandora’s Box in 2013. Jo Parkes looks at what we can learn from comparable systems abroad

Using extracts from his new book on the subject, Damien Fitzgerald argues that the Government’s approach to early years policy has substantially reduced the essential focus on quality

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