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I am not usually one to complain, but please, please, please no more 'art' posters! I used to really look forward to discussing and displaying the lovely, bright, interesting posters that depicted various topic-related subjects, eg at the hospital, on the beach, farm animals, but now find myself dreading issues that mention 'art' poster!

Here on Nursery World, we certainly don't hold with the view that 21 billion of Government money has been wasted on early years education and childcare, though to read many of the national newspapers over the past week, you might be forgiven for thinking that was the case (see News, page 4).

The value of store-bought toys to young children's experiences is questioned by Pat Wills.

Well done, Conservative MP Anne McIntosh ('MPs argue over private nursery viability', 12 July). I believe the Government certainly is opposed to the private sector.

While I understand from Louise Masterson's own admission that she does not come from a childcare background, I was still taken aback at her comments that her fellow students are on placement at a children's centre ('Study days', 9/16 August).

For most families, the approaching new school year is all about fresh starts and the hope for a bright and successful future. But what about those children who have already been written off by the time they reach secondary school?

Regarding the matter of 'free' nursery education for three- and four-year-olds, in our area children aged three qualify for a 'free' place in an LEA nursery immediately after their third birthday. However, if the child is attending a private day nursery they do not receive the entitlement until the term following the third birthday.

The report by Which? on the use of cartoon characters in food marketing and packaging releases a cry for help from parents trying to feed their children a healthy diet (see News, page 6).

Two articles in the 19 July issue of Nursery World caught my eye. The problem of global warming affects us all, but I believe the direction advocated by John Guillebaud in Youthquake ('"Keep families small" warning') is misdirected.

Nurseries are asked to give evidence of the discrepancies in the nursery education grant scheme by Alan Bentley.

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