• Funding to boost nursery places

    Town halls are to be given £100 million to spend on new nursery places in a bid to ensure poor families can take advantage of a Government guarantee of free childcare, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said. From September next year 130,000 of

  • Families forced to pay top-up fees for free nursery education

    Some families are being denied access to free nursery education unless they agree to pay compulsory "top-up fees" for extra hours, a cross-party group of MPs has warned. The practice risks excluding poorer families from nurseries,