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The government spending watchdog warns universal credit is pushing claimants into rent arrears, and urges ministers to fix the system before rolling it out nationally.

Professor Edward Melhuish has suggested that good parenting behaviours could be demonstrated by Eastenders characters to teach families how to parent well.

An app to help parents support their children’s learning has been found to have a positive impact on children’s development, skills and abilities.

The latest DfE figures on 30-hour codes for the summer term show 50,000 parents who have been issued a code have not had it validated, suggesting an increasing struggle to find a childcare place.

Campaigners against cuts to children's centres will march on Downing Street to hand a letter to the Prime Minister demanding more funding to save early years services.

A new Treasury Committee report strongly recommends an increase in 30 hours funding rates as it sets out wide-ranging criticisms of current Government childcare policies.

The Women and Equalities Committee is urging the Government to bring in 12 weeks' paid paternity leave for fathers because current policies do not meet the needs of families.

New research shows that the number of pre-school children being read to daily at home has fallen by a fifth since 2013.

A Scottish campaign group has renewed its call for nursery reform after new research shows nine out of ten council settings don’t provide the hours working parents need.

Mothers are losing more than a billion pounds in earnings every year because a lack of high-quality, affordable childcare prevents them from working or increasing their hours, finds a charity.