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Much still to clarify on funding plan

First reactions to the consultation for the proposed Early Years National Funding Formula highlight the fact that a number of unanswered questions remain.

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Busy summer as nursery groups expand

Nursery chain Bright Horizons is opening three new nurseries in time for the autumn term, following a raft of acquisitions over the summer, with Paint Pots also expanding.


Summer holiday services failing children with learning disabilities

Local government cuts have stranded children with learning disabilities without effective access to services during the school holidays, according to a survey by charity Mencap.


Apprenticeship levy warning to early years sector

Settings are urged to air their views in the Government’s apprenticeship levy consultation after a leading training provider warned that ‘catastrophic’ funding cuts are in store.



Interview - Hilary Preece

Herts-based Ms Preece is the first NEyTCO (National Early Years Trainers and Consultants) member to complete...


Interview - Ed Vainker

Head of Reach Academy in Feltham

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Go with the flow

Let go, so that everyone can enjoy themselves, says Sue Cowley


Finding the colour

Professor Cathy Nutbrown says let children look for their rainbows

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  • Is adult furniture child's play?

    14 October 2015

    In parts of Finland, staff working in state-funded nursery settings have been told they must use adult-sized furniture. According to one manager, working in an EYFS nursery in Helsinki, the reason...

  • Sunshine and Skolverket in Stockholm

    05 November 2014

    The final part of the Nursery World early years trip to Finland and Sweden was spent in the lovely city of Stockholm.