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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.
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.
Name: Julie Barber
Position: Headteacher of Broomhall Nursery School and Children's Centre in Sheffield
The Government has gone back on a proposal to publish Early Years Foundation Stage Profile league tables at school level.
A new book by the Pre-School Learning Alliance aims to make it easier for nurseries and early years settings to go green and foster an understanding of environmental awareness and climate change.
Gloucestershire County Council has received 7.3m from Sure Start to improve its early years settings.
Treetops Nurseries is now the tenth biggest nursery group in the country, after deals with two small chains added 500 more childcare places and seven more nurseries to the business.
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