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Technology is a mixed blessing in many ways, but when it comes to launching major new digital public services it seems that glitches and frustrations are definitely par for the course.

I think we can all sympathise with Brenda, whose exasperated reaction to being told that Theresa May had called an election went viral.

Responses to recent research suggest that many nurseries will not deliver the 30 hours. Will this actually happen, asks Liz Roberts

Whatever the uncertainties of the future for nurseries heralded by rising costs, static funding and the implementation of the 30 hours programme, the central task of early years settings – preparing young children for their future – remains.

At long last, the requirement for Level 3 Early Years Educators to have at least grade C in Maths and English GCSE has been ditched.

The Pikler approach to working with under-threes in care settings and homes was originated in Hungary by Dr Emmi Pikler in the middle of the last century.

The Government has previously said in documents about the 30 hours and the early years national funding formula that providers can charge parents for ‘additional services’.

There are lots of aspects of the current set of challenges for the early years sector that are of great concern, as many of our recent stories and features online and in the magazine illustrate.

Baseline assessment in school Reception classes seems to be a bit like a jack-in-a-box that keeps popping up every time the troublesome creature is pushed back down.

While the early years sector awaits the arrival of Government goodies such as the Workforce Strategy, Tax-free Childcare and the full implementation of the 30 free hours for three- and four-year-olds, Nursery World will be providing plenty to inform and guide practice along the way.

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