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Funded childcare offers to continue during coronavirus closures

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DfE confirms that funding will still be paid during any closures related to the coronavirus outbreakRead more

Ofsted inspections halted

Ofsted suspends routine inspections

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Move comes after Alliance call for a temporary halt to inspectionsRead more

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Alliance cancels annual conference

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The Early Years Alliance has announced that it is cancelling its 2020 Annual Conference, due to be held on Friday 12 June, in light of the worsening coronavirus outbreak.Read more

Alliance calls for temporary halt to routine childcare inspections

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Alliance calls on Ofsted to temporarily suspend routine inspections amid coronavirus outbreakRead more

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Disadvantaged children less likely to access funded places

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Childcare policy “lets down” disadvantaged familiesRead more

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Chancellor fails to mention early years funding in Budget

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Sector disappointed by 2020 BudgetRead more

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Alliance calls for clarity on DfE coronavirus support

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DfE asked to explain what financial support will be made available to early years providersRead more

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35% of working parents say that childcare costs leave them breaking even or at a loss

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Survey finds that cost of childcare equals or exceeds childcareRead more

Ratios could be relaxed in coronavirus ‘action plan’

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Plan to fight virus includes relaxation of ratio rules in event of a pandemicRead more

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Early Years Workforce Commission launches

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Alliance joins sector organisations in review of workforce challengesRead more

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