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Name: Jo HallingPosition: Operations director, Hopscotch Children's Nurseries

Name: Samantha RichmondPosition: Manager of Oakwood House Nursery and Forest School in Huddersfield, part of the Portland Nurseries group

The news that a nursery worker has won a back injury case against her former employer has highlighted a lack of awareness in the sector of the importance of workplace risk assessments, say experts.

As the early years sector's anger about Ofsted inspections threatens to dominate the summer, the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has met with Ofsted to discuss deep concerns.

The new Level 3 Early Years Educator courses could mean major changes to the way some trainers operate, says Karen Faux.

A survey by the National Children's Bureau reveals the extent to which the early years sector is opposed to the reforms in More Great Childcare, with the majority claiming they will have a detrimental effect on children, particularly disadvantaged two-year-olds.

The recommendations made by Professor Cathy Nutbrown in the final report of her independent review into the early years and childcare workforce have received an overwhelmingly positive response from many experts and childcare organisations in the early years sector.

A children's author serving on an official commission on childcare noticed that many subcommittees were busily making recommendations around a central problem: 'It was generally agreed that the country was full of the wrong sort of people. There were strong opinions about what constituted a desirable citizenry and what should be done to children to procure one for the future.'

Name: Julie Barber

Position: Headteacher of Broomhall Nursery School and Children's Centre in Sheffield

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