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Fears over Government childcare proposals

New childcare proposals are under attack from both parents and one of the Government's own advisers. Parents are worried the plans could affect child safety, with staff expected to care for more children.

In the last few days one of the Government's key advisers, Professor Cathy Nutbrown, said its plans "make no sense at all." Parents and staff at a nursery in Ivybridge have been giving their reaction.

Free childcare vouchers announced

Almost 1,000 two-year-olds in Cornwall are to benefit from free childcare a year early, after it was decided to bring forward trials in 10 areas of England to this September.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says 150,000 of the most disadvantaged two-year-olds will receive up to 15 hours a week of free pre-school education from September 2013, rising to 260,000 in 2014.

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