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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
Robert Goodwill MP

Minister says that some “outliers” find that funding doesn’t cover childcare costs

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Robert Goodwill claims that 30 hours policy is “working successfully”Read more
post code lottery

Government statistics reveal ‘postcode lottery’ for 30-hours offer

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Figures show regional disparity in number of 30-hours placesRead more
Living Wage 2017

Voluntary living wage increases to £8.75 an hour

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Minimum suggested by the Living Wage Foundation increased by 30p an hourRead more
Early years services

Parents want more early years services, survey suggests

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Family and Childcare Trust report reveals demand for early years servicesRead more

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

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