The Local Government Association has warned that councils in London are having to take money out of their budgets to pay for school places.
Yasmin Jackson sent Amari to her first day at the new nursery with a chicken salad sandwich for her lunch. But she came home hungry.
Jane Parry is lead tax partner at PM+M. Here she explains how parents can keep the cost of university funding down.
Children in Tower Hamlets are enjoying the best school meals service in Britain. Catering staff in the area, who serve up meals for a staggering 24,000 children everyday, have been named catering service of the year in the industries biggest awards.
Tower Hamlets Council's Contract Services staff won the title at the annual Lead Association for Education Catering (LACA) Awards.
In a wide-ranging report into public sector pay increases under the Coalition, the TUC found:
- A refuse collector on the top of his pay scale would have been earning £16,440 in 2010 and is now on £16,770, an actual increase of just £330. If pay rises were kept in line with inflation, bin men would have an extra £2,950.
- Nursery assistants earning the maximum they are entitled to would be on £18,824 in 2010, and would have seen a pay rise of £371 under the Coalition. In real terms they should now be earning £22,134.
- A residential warden in sheltered accommodation, who has also reached the top of her pay scale would be on £27,052, back in 2010. They now earn £27,596, an increase of £544 over the last four years.
Darren Taylor Good luck to them. This rotten government has left them with no alternative.
Karen Leonard It's terrible when parents get fined for taking kids out of school but they can close schools when they like and the parents just have to lump it. I understand why they are doing it but it's the double standards that get to me.
Josie Olliffe They have every right to strike no one is going to go on strike just because they feel like it they have been given no choice. Maybe if their pay rise was the same as the MPs they wouldn't need to strike.
Hundreds of Schools in London are closed as teachers join other public sector workers for a national strike. The action has been hailed as the biggest strike over pay to hit the Government since it came to power in 2010.
Home helps, lollipop men and women, refuse collectors, librarians, dinner ladies, parks attendants, council road safety officers, caretakers and cleaners are among those striking alongside teachers, firefighters, civil servants and transport workers.
Hundreds of administrative workers at Transport for London were also on strike in a row over pay and pensions.
Amy K Gregory Let them be kids while they can, and when it comes to education in relationships include it. It's nothing to be ashamed of. Parents should already breaking the ice at home with this sort of stuff not relying on teachers.
Alex Knowles No. It is for parents to educate their kids on sex and sexuality.
Helen Ellis Think they should let children be children for god's sake and ENJOY childhood.