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Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central, was appointed as Labour's new shadow minister for childcare and early years in October. Katy Morton met her to discuss her party's policies.

Many of the proposals in 'More Great Childcare' have been inspired by early years provision in France. Jeanne Fagnani and Eva Lloyd explain the system and some of the pluses and minuses.

Early years qualifications, ratios, regulation and diversity of provision are all in line for change under the Government's recently announced policy proposals. Here are the key points from the report with dates for changes to apply, when known.

Many nurseries had a bumpy ride in the second half of 2012. Karen Faux reports on survey findings which provide key pointers for the year ahead.

Funding streams, quality, pay and sustainability are high on the new minister's list of priorities. Clearly she has been listening hard to the early years sector, as she explained to Liz Roberts

Some primary free schools are taking advantage of their greater powers to offer nursery provision and more experiential curricula.

Developmental testing should be reintroduced for children before and after school entry to improve learning skills, says Sally Goddard Blythe.

Are schools dedicated to one religion less inclusive by definition than they should be, according to EYFS principles? Mary Evans looks at how diversity can be promoted amid their uniqueness.

Childcare is one of the priority areas for improving the lot of soldiers' families, while nurseries offer their share of support, says Judith Napier.

Is it too late to transform the way Britain thinks about and provides for early childhood education and care? Professor Peter Moss offers a vision.