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Universal credit

Universal credit could open up early years funding for 8,000 more two-year-old children

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DfE says that new plans will open up funding to more disadvantaged familiesRead more

DfE statistics reveal inequalities at reception level

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Just 56% of children eligible for free school meals reach a 'good level of development' by the end of receptionRead more

Ofsted calls on government to review the EYFS

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Ofsted says that Reception year is a "missed opportunity"Read more
Social mobility

Social Mobility Commission highlights divide between disadvantaged and more advantaged children

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Report reveals that disadvantaged children are 14% less likely to be school-readyRead more

Only 7% of eligible parents sign up for tax-free childcare

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Government spends 93% less than expected on scheme after low demandRead more
Minimum wage

National living wage increases to £7.83

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National living and minimum wages will all rise in April 2018Read more
Childminder numbers

Number of childminders has dropped by 26% since 2012

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Latest Ofsted figures reveal a decline in the number of childminders in EnglandRead more
New funding rates revealed

Government announces early years funding rates for 2018/19

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Updated operational guidance also releasedRead more
tax free childcare delay

HMRC delays full rollout of tax-free childcare

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Rollout to all under-12s will not start until March 2018 after technical issuesRead more

Government releases new early years menus

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Menus demonstrate how settings can offer healthy meals and snacksRead more

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