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Is it possible to break the cycle of poverty through intervention in young children's health and well-being? Pat Gordon-Smith weighs up the potential of different initiatives in England, Wales and Scotland.
A new report calls for a different approach to tackling in-work poverty as the number of families living below the breadline continues to rise.
The Labour party has promised to extend the free entitlement for three- and four-year-olds from 15 to 25 hours.
All children from one to five years old could benefit from free hours of early education, in plans being considered by the Liberal Democrats.
The latest figures from the Government's scheme show it has turned around the lives of 14,000 of England's most 'troubled' households in just 15 months.
School starting age campaigners in Northern Ireland are today (Wednesday) meeting with the Northern Ireland Assembly's Education Committee to urge 'speedy action' on introducing a more flexible system.
Liberal Democrat MP Annette Brooke has chaired a debate in the House of Commons on the school starting age for summer born children.
New research published by the Child Poverty Action Group illustrates parents' growing struggle to provide a decent standard of living for their families in 2013.
Parents at Busy Bees nursery in Hammersmith have been visited by chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne to air their views on the Government's proposed changes to childcare vouchers.
Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central, has called for more joined-up thinking to confront the 'childcare triple whammy' facing parents of rising prices, plummeting places and cuts to financial support.
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