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SEND reforms

Report warns that SEND reforms are failing families

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Education select committee criticises current SEND provisionRead more

two year olds funded childcare

Government said to be considering extending funded childcare to all two-year-olds

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Government considers extending 30-hours to more than 38 weeks ...Read more

fair future funding

New petition on early years funding

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An Alliance member has launched a parliamentary petition to increase early years fundingRead more

Foundation Stage results

Progress in early years foundation stage profile results slows

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71.8% of children achieve a “good level of development”Read more

Boy toddler universal credit childcare

Universal Credit claimants given longer to claim back childcare costs

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Government confirms that time limit for claiming costs extended from one month to twoRead more

early years food guidelines

Call for “national food standards” in early years settings

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Outgoing chief medical officer calls for water and milk onlyRead more

parent smacking ban

Scotland bans smacking in UK first

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Calls for England to follow suit as parents in Scotland banned from smacking their childrenRead more

Living National Wage increase

Government plans to raise National Living Wage to £10.50 an hour

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Chancellor pledges to raise minimum wage by 2024Read more
Woman alone on swing

Results of 'Childcare's dirty secret' survey are "absolutely shocking"

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Alliance chief executive comments on 'bleak' results of NW surveyRead more

plant milk nurseries

Vegan alternatives “should be offered as part of free milk scheme"

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The Vegan Society calls for dairy-free milks to be offered in nurseriesRead more

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