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Childcare providers have expressed their anger over a petition that calls for 15 hours of 'free' childcare for babies and has more than 107,000 signatures.

Lambeth Council has approved the closure of five of its children’s centres, while those in other parts of the country are also under threat.

As Montessori celebrates 100 years of training in the UK, Nursery World meets Leonor Stjepic, CEO of Montessori St Nicholas

A new DfE report on providers’ finances shows that the hourly fee charged by settings for three- and four-year-old places is on average 58p higher than what they receive in funding.

The majority of childcare providers are offering the 30 hours, but there are regional differences, finds a new DfE report.

Early years organisation PACEY has commissioned research into the decline in childminding and the reasons for it, as the latest Ofsted statistics show a fall of 1,000 childminders in a three-month period.

The Local Government Association says it is 'inevitable' councils will be forced to close more children's centres unless the Government provides extra funding.

A charity that provides care and support for children with SEND and their families in Essex is at risk of closure due to withdrawal of local authority funding.

Lancashire County Council has written to the Education Secretary with concerns it will not be able to provide sufficient childcare places if early years settings there continue to close.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a Sure Start centre in Ballymena where they met people who have completed an intensive parenting programme.