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Colleges are reporting an influx of students for their Level 3 courses, led by school-leavers and workers seeking a career change.
The most significant independent review of primary and early education has just concluded, yet has been virtually dismissed by the Government in favour of its own review. Wendy Scott looks deeper.
Up to 1.1bn of Government money earmarked for three- and four-year-olds has not been spent on the free entitlement, a new report claims. Catherine Gaunt tries to track down the missing millions.
The tax credits system has helped many families but is riddled with difficulties that can penalise those most in need, says Robin Williamson, technical director of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group.
With debate raging over whether the vetting and barring scheme can keep children safe, those working with them are looking at what it means for the adults, says Karen Faux.
Early years settings may soon face stricter guidelines on exposing young children to animals that can harbour dangerous bacteria. Melanie Defries hears the arguments.
Children as well as practitioners will suffer from the sweeping changes in qualifications, which need to be publicised for wider debate, warn childcare lecturers Guy Stoate and Shan Bowen.
Amid a record growth in the school workforce, there is an irony in the way that pupils who would most benefit from time with a teacher are instead spending it with assistants. Mary Evans reports.
The successes and the drawbacks of a multi-million-pound initiative to give children better access to play provision have been counted up by researchers. Melanie Defries hears views on what it means.
The programme to help low-income families in London to access childcare is building on success by expanding. But what will it mean for childcare providers? Mary Evans hears what's planned.
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