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A very worrying report out this week from the Early Years Alliance indicates many childcare providers in the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sector find themselves in a funding crisis.

Europe sees our nursery schools as the best, but underfunding means that they are in danger, says Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington.

Government funding of the early years has risen over the past few decades, but could the money have been better spent?

Baseline just keeps returning despite great unpopularity with some and concern about its effects. Now what does that remind you of?

The 30 hours policy is widening the gap between children with SEND and their peers, argue Ivana La Valle and Eva Lloyd

Graham Stuart MP explains how the Government is helping UK nurseries take advantage of foreign interest in our early years sector

It matters that the average early years practitioner is paid the same as a hairdresser and that nearly half rely on state benefits

Focusing on acquiring fresh skills that will enchant children and enhance their experiences is a sure way to cheer up the new year

We need an affordable and much simpler childcare support system, backed by employers, that helps all parents and carers into work

2018 has been very tough for those in early years education and childcare – and it is hard to predict what the new year will bring