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More than 45 per cent of parents in Northern Ireland have reduced their working hours or left their job because of the high cost of childcare.

Pre-school children whose parents work outside normal hours are more likely to have cognitive and behavourial problems, finds new research.

Plans to make it easier for mothers and fathers to share paid parental leave during the first year of a child’s life have been set out today by the Deputy Prime minister.

Montessori St Nicholas is officially launching a new community project for teenage parents.

Early years experts and organisations are calling for a national debate on how children’s centres provide vital support for children and families.

New figures from the Government’s Troubled Families programme show that halfway into the three-year programme, more than fifty-per-cent (62,000) of the 120,000 identified households are being worked with.

A new pilot scheme will see parents of primary school children in Middlesborough and Camden offered money to attend parenting academy sessions.

Government figures, released yesterday, show that around 70 per cent of the 130,000 disadvantaged two-year-olds eligible for early education places have so far taken up the offer.

A call to put early childhood development (ECD) at the heart of the United Nations' next global development goals has received cross-party support.

A new campaign has been launched to highlight the need for more people to adopt one of the country’s 4,600 children that need a home.