Labour warns of ‘perfect storm’ for childcare

A ‘perfect storm’ of rising childcare costs and thousands of providers at risk of closure will make it impossible for many parents to return to work.

Free school meals should be extended, says review

A healthy eating review says that free school meals should be extended to a further 1.5 million children in England.

Public play warning falling on deaf ears

The Association of Play Industries has expressed repeated concern about the ongoing decline in public play provision.

Public health directors urge action on obesity

Eight directors of public health from the north-west of England have written to Boris Johnson calling for any anti-coronavirus obesity plan.

Government announces pay rises for public sector staff

Rishi Sunak will announce that public sector workers will see above inflation pay rises this year.

Minimum per pupil funding rises for 2021, says DfE

The Department for Education has announced per pupil funding increases under the national funding formula from 2021.

Decisive action needed to tackle childhood obesity

In light of new figures, the Labour Party is urging the government to bring forward urgent measures to tackle childhood obesity.

Early years system failing disadvantaged children

Early years services often fail to target those disadvantaged children with development problems who most need early help.

Children ‘left with no voice’ during pandemic

Bruce Adamson has warned that the coronavirus emergency has demonstrated how easily children are left with no voice.

Experiences of children must shape recovery planning

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services has published a new paper on the impacts of coronavirus on children and their families.

Expand free school meals to address child food insecurity

The Children’s Right2Food Campaign is calling on the government to address child food insecurity by expanding free school meals.

Children reading more during lockdown, report shows

A new report by the National Literacy Trust shows that children are reading more and enjoying reading more during lockdown than before.

Health professionals needed to support vulnerable children

Barnardo’s has said that it needs the help of health professionals to help stop vulnerable young people missing out on vital support.

Life science investment needs regional parity

New IPPR analysis has found that regions in the north of England receive less than half the life science investment made in the south.

Planning system changes to benefit culture venues

Changes to the planning system will save theatres, concert halls and live music performance venues for future generations.

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