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There are 6,000 fewer disadvantaged two-year-olds taking up their funded place compared to a year ago, reveals new data.
A high court judge is to decide whether the move by Buckinghamshire County Council to close 19 of its 35 children’s centres is unlawful.
The number of childminders is continuing to fall and has dropped by 9,000 in less than four years, the latest Ofsted figures show.
The number of children using children’s centres has fallen by nearly 20 per cent, with a sharp drop in use among under-fives.
Birmingham nursery schools contribute more than £11.5 million a year more than they receive in funding, including feeding and clothing children, new analysis claims.
Fourteen children’s centres in East Sussex have been earmarked for closure in an attempt to cut council budgets.
Tops Day Nurseries has bought First Steps Nursery at the Roko Health Club and Football Training Ground in Copnor, Portsmouth.
New figures reveal the Scottish Government is a long way off achieving its target of building and expanding 750 nurseries for the expansion of funded childcare.
A parent campaigner is asking providers to take part in a survey into childcare funding and the impact of the recruitment crisis.
Andrea Leadsom is to make policy proposals to Cabinet for early help for families ahead of the spending review.
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