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All of the council-run nurseries in Britain's second-largest city are under threat of closure as the local authority plans to slash the budget for early years by 1.45m from April.

More young children are achieving good or better standards in every area of learning compared with last year, according to Estyn, the inspectorate for education and training in Wales, which published its annual report last week.

Two-year-olds from the most deprived families should be offered a free nursery place, Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray has said.

The UK's first Cornish language pre-school has opened at Cornwall College.

One of the first Steiner Waldorf schools in the country to be granted exemptions from some of the EYFS learning and development goals has been graded Outstanding in its inspection.

Children's centres are more financially stable than they were three years ago, according to a report by the National Audit Office.

Treetops Nurseries is now the tenth biggest nursery group in the country, after deals with two small chains added 500 more childcare places and seven more nurseries to the business.

Many nurseries are experiencing a decline in the demand for baby places at their setting, a trend that they have attributed to the economic climate and new employment rights such as flexible working.

The UK's first Cornish language pre-school opens this weekend at Cornwall College.