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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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Alliance slams government U-turn on financial support for providers

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New DfE guidance says in some cases providers in receipt of 'free entitlement' funding will not be able to access Job Retention Scheme in full...Read more

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New data portal to track impact of coronavirus on early years sector

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Ceeda launches real-time tracker to measure impact on providersRead more

Wiltshire Council announces funding cuts

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Alliance raises concerns after providers told of funding cutRead more

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Tulip Siddiq reappointed shadow early years minister

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Alliance welcomes shadow minister reappointmentRead more

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