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Sector raises concerns over minister’s inaccurate 30 hours comments

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Environment minister Thérèse Coffey told Suffolk providers that the 30 hours provision is made up of 15 hours of education, and 15 hours of childcare....Read more

Government plans new 30-hour evaluation

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DfE will commission an evaluation of the first two-terms of 30 hours rollout in 10-20 areas.Read more

Alliance announces first annual Outstanding Member Awards

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All Alliance members, whether volunteers or paid staff, will be eligible to be nominated for the new awardsRead more
Childcare costs rising faster than wages

Childcare costs rising faster than wages, says TUC

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Research shows that average costs for one-year-old care rose 48% between 2008 and 2016
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More children achieving a good level of development, EYFS Profile stats show

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Proportion of children achieving at least the expected level of development at the end of reception has increased to 70.7%.Read more

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APPG to discuss the financial security of early years settings

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Group will meet in House of Commons on 1 NovemberRead more

30-hours funding will hurt poorer families the most, Alliance warns

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Alliance raises funding concerns at parliamentary lobbyRead more
DfE statistics on 30-hours codes

20,000 eligibility codes have yet to be validated

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DfE statistics show that 10% of issued eligibility codes have not been validatedRead more

30-hours debate to take place at House of Commons

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MPs to debate impact of 30-hours ‘free childcare’ offerRead more

Recruitment concerns

Nearly half of early years settings have unfilled vacancies, new survey finds

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Survey finds that 12,580 vacancies remain unfilled at early years settingsRead more

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