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The early years and childcare sector may have won the battle against plans to change childcare ratios, but the focus will now shift to the other childcare reforms set out in More Great Childcare.

The first training sessions to help early years practitioners deliver the nutritional guidelines have led to 'big improvements' to the food served at settings, finds new research.

The National Children's Bureau (NCB) is calling on the Government to give children the legal right to an independent advocate at child protection conferences.

The Early Intervention Foundation has announced key appointments of Carey Oppenheim as chief executive and Professor Leo Feinstein as head of evidence.

All Early Years Professionals should be able to access 'essential' local authority support, research has concluded.

There has been a mixed response from the early years sector to Ofsted's proposals to increase the frequency of inspections for weaker settings and replace the grade of 'satisfactory' with 'requires improvement'.

In future, early years settings will have four years to reach a good grade or face being closed down by Ofsted.

The Government is consulting on reforms which will change how free nursery places are funded and reduce the role of LAs while increasing Ofsted's power.

The Early Intervention Foundation's interim head of evidence, and visiting professor at the London School of Economics Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion.

The Early Intervention Foundation will be officially launched today by David Cameron.