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Jenny Chapman appointed as shadow childcare minister in Labour reshuffle

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Labour MP Jenny Chapman has been appointed shadow childcare minister in party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s first reshuffle.

Prior to the reshuffle, Chapman had been shadow prisons and probation minister since 2011. She has a history of...Read more

Government slashes spending on early intervention

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Government funding for early help services will be cut by 71% between 2010 and 2020, the National Children’s Bureau reveals this morning.

A report titled Losing in the long run, compiled by Action for Children, National Children’s Bureau...Read more

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Latest EPPSE findings assert lasting effects of pre-school

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Children who attend pre-school are more likely to take AS-level exams than those who don’t, new research has suggested....Read more

Government responds to Affordable Childcare Committee report

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The government has finally responded to a report by the House of Lords Affordable Childcare Committee, nearly a year after it was published.

The...Read more

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Commons seeks views on Childcare Bill

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Early years practitioners are invited to submit their views on the Childcare Bill, the House of Commons has confirmed....Read more

£300m for 30 hours scheme as plans for ‘national funding formula’ are announced

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The government will invest £300 million to increase the average hourly rate childcare providers receive, chancellor George Osborne has confirmed today (25 November).

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Ofsted figures show falling places, rising outcomes

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A drop in the number of registered childcare providers has caused early years places to decrease by 11,529 between March and August this year, suggest...Read more

Slight rise in children’s centre judgements as inspections are suspended

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The inspection of children’s centres has been put on hold pending the outcome of the government consultation, Ofsted has confirmed.

Along with its latest children’s centre statistics, the inspectorate gave an explanation for the temporary...Read more

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‘Robust’ primary assessment needed, Nicky Morgan claims

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National tests for seven-year-olds should be reintroduced in England, according to Nicky Morgan.

The education secretary has claimed that “robust” assessment is needed to measure progress in schools.

In an announcement today (3...Read more

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New research questions value of free entitlement for children’s development

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Free early education entitlement does not deliver long-term benefits for children’s development, according to new findings.

Research carried out by the University of Surrey, the University of Essex and the Institute of Education suggests...Read more

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