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Nursery Management: Living wage - Paying up

The 'national living wage', which comes in next April, is predicted to pose significant challenges for the childcare sector. So what does it mean in practice, and how will nurseries cope? Ruth Stokes takes a look.

To the point - Let's report ourselves

The axes are beginning to fall and slowly the extent of the cuts to services for children are being made known across the country. We are finally beginning to get a sense of what importance this Government places on early years, and perhaps we are beginning to realise the extent of our own foolishness in not being better prepared to strengthen the argument for high quality early years care and education.

15 hours...extending the nursery day

Moving from sessional care to a flexible offer presents a challenge with variable attendance patterns throughout the day, as Deepdale Community Pre-school in West Yorkshire found

Take twos...helping families to access provision

Creating additional places for two-year-olds in some areas is proving more challenging than in others. James Hempsall describes how one centre has set up a mini-bus service to bring children in from areas where places are full.

Nursery Chains: The big league

You'll find some new names in our Top 25 table of nursery groups this year, and in the directory too. Catherine Gaunt analyses the ups and downs in both size and quality of the chains.

Sustainability: Part 2 - Taking the lead

In the second part of our sustainability series, Diane Boyd and Nicky Hirst of Liverpool John Moores University, and Sarah Emerson of Kids Love Nature, describe how leaders can start the process off

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