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Eight out of ten people would describe their family as not 'traditional', according to new research which suggests the family of two married parents with 2.4 children is no longer the norm.

The charity Grandparents Plus has raised concerns of a 'gap in care', as an increasing number of grandmothers looking after grandchildren will have to work until 67, following the Chancellor's announcement last week to changes to the state pension age.

Many disabled children fail to reach their full potential because they are marginalised in schools, health and social care, according to new research.

Parents are put off from going to baby and toddler groups because of their fears around fitting in, according to a new study.

A childcare voucher company is holding a 'bring your child to work day' for parents left in the lurch without childcare because of today's strike.

The early years sector has given a largely positive response to the Chancellor's announcement to extend the free entitlement to 40 per cent of two-year-olds by 2015.

The number of nursery places for two-year-olds will be extended to 40 per cent of children, from 2014-15.

Private nurseries and childminders across the country are stepping in to offer emergency care for school children during tomorrow's public sector strike.

Nurseries are to be paid to encourage parents to have their children vaccinated, in a new scheme designed to boost the vaccination rate of under-fives.

Pilots have started in five local authorities to train early years practitioners on the forthcoming nutritional guidelines, and encourage families with young children to eat more healthily.