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Are you using your allowance? Although 157,000 children are taking the available childcare placements, a number that has doubled over the last two years, half of parents are still not taking up the opportunity.

Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said that pre-schools based on the same site as primary schools can be useful in that they can then track a child's progress all the way through their primary years.

The Department for Education said that it is for parents to decide at what age their child should attend childcare settings and for how long. It said: "the overwhelming evidence shows high-quality early years provision gives benefits that last throughout a child's life."

According to Ofsted, 85 per cent of childcare settings are now rated good or outstanding – the year before it was 78 per cent.

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