News: Big Issues
Nursery World Big Issues give you a quick, easy way to find articles on important topics. New articles are added regularly to many of the sections, so do check back if you are following a particular issue.
From September 2017, working parents of three- and four-year-olds will be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare. Follow the progress of the Government's flagship policy as it develops.
With childhod obesity on the rise, we look at the research behind the headlines, what can be done to reverse the trend and the Government's obesity strategy.
The Government has made far-reaching proposals for reform in its 'More Great Childcare' report. Find detailed analysis of the plans and the sector's reaction
Twenty per cent of two-year-olds will become eligible for an early education place from September 2013, rising to 40 per cent in 2014-15. Follow the progress of the Government's programme.
Politicians, think-tanks, parents and those in the early years sector all want their say on how childcare can be made more affordable. Follow the story here as the Childcare Commission prepares to release its recommendations.
What are the problems and what action is being taken to solve them?
The free school programme has proved to be controversial. Will it add parental choice or disadvantage existing schools? Follow the Government's plan to establish free schools around the country.
Professor Cathy Nutbrown is leading the independent review of early education and childcare qualifications for the Department for Education. What will this mean for the early years workforce?
News, views and advice as the Government reviews the Early Years Foundation Stage.
All the latest news and views on moves to attract more men to working with young children. Will fresh initiatives to increase the proportion of males in childcare have a significant effect?
Read the views of fans and critics of synthetic phonics as the Government insists on its rigorous use for teaching young children to read.
News, tips and guidance on working with fathers, covering everything from paternity leave to ways to encourage Dads to join in at nursery.
As local authorities struggle to deal with budget cuts, children's centres around the country are at risk of closure.
After sustained campaigning about nursery food, the Government has launched a major review. Follow its progress here.
What should nurseries and practitioners be doing to protect children from paedophiles? We look at the issues surrounding the Vanessa George abuse case.