MPs have been warned there will be a "genuine childcare crisis" as figures indicate hundreds of nurseries and childminders are closing.

Early years leaders urged politicians to invest more money into the sector as ​Ofsted data indicated that 179 nurseries and preschools closed every month between January and March. 

A total of 401 childminders fell off the early years register over the same period.

Between September and December last year, an average of 164 nurseries and pre-schools appear to have closed.

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