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Government shares plans for "phased return for early years settings"

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"Our plan to rebuild" document sets out guidelines for next phaseRead more

Prime Minister fails to mention early years in "reopening" plans

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Update on lockdown measures does not give any clarity for early years sectorRead more

Alliance raises concerns over support grants and self-employed income support schemes

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Letter to Treasury calls for support for the early years sectorRead more

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Parents will not lose access to childcare offers during coronavirus outbreak

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DfE confirms that parents will still be able to claim 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare offersRead more

25% nurseries could close

A quarter of childcare providers fear closure within a year

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74% don’t think the government has provided enough support for the sectorRead more

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CMA is investigating childcare cancellation policies

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Investigation follows complaints over cancellations and refundsRead more

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DfE publishes additional guidance on early entitlement funding

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The guidance provides further detail on how providers should calculate their 'usual' income.Read more

Early years practitioners to be offered free COVID-19 tests

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All 'essential workers' and their households will be able to access coronavirus testRead more

Updated DfE guidance says that local authorities can “move around” funding

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Local authorities to move funding in “exceptional circumstances”Read more

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Alliance launches MP email campaign challenging job retention scheme U-turn

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Providers asked to contact their MPs about Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeRead more

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