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Careers advice has long been a Cinderella service in schools. But with a massive shortage of early years staff, a new careers advice drive and the early years workforce strategy, there is finally a path to change, finds Charlotte Goddard

The conditions governing delivery of the 30 hours are being set out in local agreements up and down the country, and there is significant variation, finds Charlotte Goddard

With school budgets getting close to breaking point, head teachers are resorting to desperate measures to keep their schools and nursery classes afloat. Nicole Weinstein reports

In the final part of this series,Charlotte Goddard visits the two remaining pilot areas and finds examples of best practice in communication – as well as the usual concerns about funding, with comment from James Hempsall

In this new four-part series on what the new Children and Social Work Act means for the early years sector, we look at changes to the local safeguarding procedures. By Ann Marie Christian

With the number of Level 3s completing courses falling by more than half, the sector is still in the grip of a recruitment crisis. What can the Workforce Strategy do, asks Charlotte Goddard

Tower Hamlets, which has extremely high levels of deprivation, has one of the highest Government hourly rates for 30 hours. How is the area spending it? Joanne Parkes reports, while James Hempsall talks about poverty

What do childcare providers need to know when it comes to helping parents with the 30-hours computer application system? Hannah Crown tries to plug the gaps

What can settings do to protect their children from increasing air pollution, asks Charlotte Goddard

The act enshrines in law a series of changes to the social work profession. Some controversial clauses led to the bill having a rocky ride through Parliament.