In the past few days, I have been interviewed on LBC about the technical hiatus with the Childcare Service sign-up system and the 30 hours in general; Steve Taylor of Winchcombe Farm Nursery has penned a brilliant piece telling parents what they need to know (see our website); NDNA’s survey has found many nurseries planning to limit 30 hours places; and we’ve covered confusion among parents of two-year-olds who have been issued with eligibility codes (see page 6).
Other aspects of providing early years education and childcare must not be neglected, of course, and Nursery World will be offering plenty of invaluable advice and information for the autumn.
Coding is a hot topic in education, and Apple Distinguished Educator Marc Faulder will be contributing a great series on computational thinking. Leading early years expert Linda Pound looks at the value of music to learning across the early years curriculum; Anne O’Connor explains the development of memory in young children; and Cath Hunter offers strategies for addressing common behaviour patterns.
The autumn edition of our Nursery Management supplement is out on 18 September with incisive articles on subjects as varied as fire safety, inductions, and new models of childcare (and, yes, 30 hours). The ever-popular Nursery Chains in November will include our exclusive size and quality tables.
And if you really want to get away from 30 hours, why not come on one of our early years trips to China, India, Finland and Sweden, or Peru at www.mastertravel.co.uk?