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Baby rooms - Still room for improvement?

Good practice begins with babies, but nurseries have historically focused more on older children. Three years on from the Baby Room Project, Hannah Crown asks if anything has changed.

Nursery Chains: Business - Two's company

Happy Kids Childcare and the Big Life Group have both opened provision to meet the demand for funded places for two-year-olds in communities in the north of England. Katy Morton investigates.

Take twos: Town & Country Kiddies

Building relationships with parents and children has long been identified as key to the success of early learning for two-year-olds, says James Hempsall

Two-year-olds: Building links - Reach out

Integrated working is sure to be important to the success of the two-year-old funded programme. Ruth Thomson considers some of the children's centres and local authorities leading the charge.

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.

Take twos... a flying start for parents

A nursery in Poole has helped all its two-year-olds to settle happily in by working with parents and emphasising key messages to do with their children's learning and well-being. One of these is that young children need their parents' time more than anything else, says James Hempsall.

In My View - Snuggle up and read

There is no doubt the ability to read is crucial if our children are to make a success of their lives. There can be few better ways to improve a child's chances at school, and beyond, than to instil in them a love of reading.

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