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A committee of MPs has welcomed the overall direction of the Government's proposed legislation to reform provision for children with special educational needs (SEN), but warns that the draft legislation lacks significant detail, making it impossible to assess the impact of the proposals.

Some nurseries have been left without their free milk entitlement after a leading supplier stopped milk deliveries, because health chiefs allegedly found apparent discrepancies in its claims.

Mothers in the UK find childcare so expensive that for many there is no incentive to work full-time, a major international study has found.

Large numbers of pupils in London are starting the day without breakfast, a survey claims.

It was an action-packed 12-months for the sector, inviting much opinion and debate as our selection of quotes here highlights...

Follow the roll-out of early education places for two-year-olds, (from 20 February 2012).

London currently faces a shortfall of 25,000 nursery and childminder places to meet the Government's offer of free early education for 20 per cent of two-year-olds by September 2013.

Early years settings in one London borough will receive a 15 per cent cut to their funding next year to provide free early education places for disadvantaged two-year-olds.

Torbay in Devon has the highest proportion of outstanding and good childminders, nurseries and pre-schools, with more than nine in ten early years providers achieving at least a good grade.

The UK's school system would rank higher in international league tables if the universal entitlement to free nursery places had been set up in the 1990s, new research suggests.