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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.

The Department for Education has drawn up a road map for 30 hours delivery, which it is sharing at sector events.

Much like the weather at the moment, the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement was damp and disappointing for those involved in education, childcare and the welfare of families and young children.

We were delighted to welcome early years minister Caroline Dinenage to the Nursery World Business Summit last week to give her first major address to the sector since taking up her role in July this year.

In the last issue of Nursery World, we published our early years pay and conditions survey 2016, run with the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

You probably don’t need us to tell you that the early years sector isn’t paid very well!

The Nursery World Awards 2016 event on 24 September was, as always, a joyous and celebratory occasion, where the early years sector received some much-deserved recognition for the wonderful work that is going on.

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