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New figures from the Department for Education show that 20 boys aged four and under were permanently excluded from state funded primary or special schools in England in 2011/12.

The Labour party has warned that thousands of parents face a summer of worry because of a school places crisis created by the Government.

Early years organisations have warned that plans to relax the number of hours a day that parents can use informal childcare could lead to some providers de-registering from Ofsted.

Holiday childcare now costs more than 100 a week, according to the annual survey by the Family and Childcare Trust.

Despite a call for more emphasis on play-based learning from many respondents to the consultation on Early Years Educator qualifications, the Government has not amended the criteria.

A plan of action commissioned by the Government last year to improve the quality and take-up of school meals has been published today.

Dr Murray has devised a pocket guide, Young Children Explore: critical thinking for the early years.

Just a third of childcare workers believe that it is very important that children have basic reading, writing and maths before they start school, new research shows.

Five-year-olds will learn about fractions and computer programming in the revised national curriculum for children from five-to-16.

More than 200 nursery workers and classroom assistants have demolished the long-running defence by Scottish councils of paying men discriminatory bonuses that are denied to women.