Parents have taken to the streets to campaign for the long term future of Salford's five council run nurseries.
The Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner joined the campaigners along with three of the area's MPs.
All of the nurseries are rated outstanding by government inspector Ofsted. They care for around 350 children, many with special educational needs and employ 100 staff.
After a series of protests, Salford's Mayor Paul Dennett agreed to pause a consultation on the closures.
This was to allow the council, trade unions, MPs and parents and staff to lobby the government for funding to keep the nurseries open.
The consultation on closures is now set to resume on Monday.
Addressing the protestors, Angela Rayner accused the government of betraying parents on early years education.
The skeletal remains of an Elk estimated to be around 10,000 years old has been discovered on the Isle of Man.Read the full story ›
School children on the Isle of Man have planted the 5,000th tree ten years on from saplings first planted at Conrhenny plantation.
'Trees For Life' saw Year 1 and Year 3 pupils from Henry Bloom Noble Primary plant the 5,000th tree in the community woodland.
Some saplings had been brought over from Scotland for the occasion.
Five universities across the region will be hit by strike action today.
Members of the University and College Union are striking at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool, University of Lancaster, University of Manchester and the University of Salford.
It is the first of fourteen planned walk outs in the next four weeks as part of a nationwide dispute over pensions.
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The North West has the highest proportion of pupils at under-performing state secondary schools in the country, official figures show. Knowsley, St Helens and Halton were among those named as having the highest proportion of secondaries that were not up to scratch. Funding levels and difficulties in attracting teachers has been blamed for poor performance in some areas.
Over the last month our reporter Daniel Hewitt has spent time with 2 families barely getting by, despite the fact both parents are in work.Read the full story ›
The University of Manchester has been announced as one of four new hubs to develop research into artificial intelligence and robotics.Read the full story ›
The Beatles song says Strawberry Fields Forever. As all fans know, it was inspired by the children's home in Liverpool which was right next to where John Lennon was brought up. But for a long times the site has been derelict. The only activity there has been the millions of fans over the years posing for photographs outside the famous red gates. But now the Salvation Army, which owns Strawberry Fields, has a plan for its future and it recruited its own choir to help make it happen.
The Salvation Army will today officially launch a fundraising song to convert the famous Strawberry Field site in Liverpool into a new training hub for young people with learning disabilities. The youngsters recorded the song at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London.