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An early years approach based on Finland’s educational system is expanding across the world

The UK’s biggest nursery group has acquired Giraffe Childcare, one of Ireland’s largest.

The Government should review 30 hour childcare to address the ‘perverse consequences’ that are leading to a growing gap between disadvantaged children and their peers, MPs have said.

Thousands of campaigners against the closure of maintained nursery schools have signed a mass petition presented to Parliament yesterday by more than 30 MPs.

Concerns have been raised over the future of adventure playgrounds after a leading insurer took the decision to withdraw cover from some playgrounds that it said present 'too great' a risk.

There is increasing concern about the impact of the 30 hours on the availability of places for working parents, and a growing outcomes gap for disadvantaged children not eligible for the extended entitlement.

The introduction of 30-hour childcare has led to ‘a possible trade-off’ between provision for disadvantaged two-year-olds and that for three- and four-year-olds, research suggests.

Norfolk County Council is to press ahead with its plans to close 38 of its 53 children’s centres.

Edinburgh’s nursery school teachers could be replaced by early years practitioners in a council bid to save millions of pounds.

The future of a children’s charity has been secured thanks to a rescue plan to save the service.