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National living and minimum wages to rise next year

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The 'national living wage' (NLW) and national minimum wage (NMW) are both set to rise next year, the government confirmed at last week's autumn statement.
 
The NLW, which currently stands at £7.20 an hour, will...Read more

Autumn Statement makes no mention of additional support for early years

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Today’s Autumn Statement from Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond made no mention of additional support for the early years sector.
 
While the Chancellor’s speech covered a variety of areas – including...Read more

Labour MP proposes early years inquiry

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Labour MP Helen Jones called for an early years inquiry at a parliamentary debate on free childcare on Monday.
 
The debate was prompted by a government e-petition calling for ‘free childcare when both parents are...Read more

Alliance writes to parliament ahead of Autumn Statement

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The Pre-school Learning Alliance has written to all members of Parliament ahead of the Autumn Statement which is due to be released this week on Wednesday 23 November.
 
The Alliance has written on the topic of early...Read more

Family and Childcare Trust calls for Early Excellence Fund

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The Family and Childcare Trust has today released a report titled ‘Putting quality at the heart of the early years’, which has called on the government to invest in an Early Excellence Fund.
 
The fund would be...Read more

State of the Nation report calls for doubling of EYPP

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The Social Mobility Commission has today released its State of the Nation 2016 report which has called on the government to double the early years pupil premium (EYPP).
 
The report also said that the government...Read more

Children are spending more time online than ever before, Ofcom claims

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A study from Ofcom has found that under-fives are spending more than four hours a day in front of a screen, and that, overall, children are spending more time online than watching television.
 
The report found that...Read more

LSE report shows that early years provision improves children’s social skills

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The London School of Economics and the University of Oxford have today released a report claiming that children that spend more time in early years provision have better social and everyday skills.
 
The report ‘The...Read more

Ofsted report shows increase in ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ providers

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The latest early years dataset from Ofsted has shown an increase in the proportion of providers achieving ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ ratings from 86% to 91%, as at 31 August this year.
 
Neil Leitch, chief executive at...Read more

Alliance slams ‘Are nurseries safe?’ report from Good Morning Britain

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Neil Leitch, chief executive at the Pre-school Learning Alliance, has criticised today’s Good Morning Britain report titled, ‘Are nurseries safe?’
 
The report investigated the overall safety of early years settings...Read more

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