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A fairer deal is needed

Earlier this year, Birmingham City Council announced that from April 2015 childcare providers in the city would only be funded to deliver the free entitlement if they paid the Living Wage of £7.65 an hour. The uproar in the sector was well reported by Nursery World and is easy to understand.

How we've lost our way

Last week, the Resolution Foundation hosted an event in partnership with the Family and Childcare Trust reflecting on what we have all learned in the decade since the 2004 childcare strategy about the best way forward.

New ways to close the gap

We desperately need innovation for the early years so that we can close the ever-expanding advantage and development gaps, argues Ravi Gurumurthy of Nesta

To the point - Getting mums on side

Last week marked the beginning of party conference season. All the parties know that they have to speak to and for women to stand a chance of winning in 2015. This means that childcare will increasingly feature as we head towards the election.

Helping kinship carers

We’re hearing more and more about the role grandparents are playing in children’s lives, but many are also full-time carers for their children, says Lucy Peake

Early years benefits all

It's clear that nurseries and childminders benefit the majority of children, regardless of background,says Professor Edward Melhuish, lead author of the latest SEED research

Editor's view - Rethinking the balance

This month's Working Mum column gives a real insight into the continuing problems that parents face in trying to arrange childcare - in this instance, out-of-school provision for her elder daughter who starts reception next term.

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