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The Deputy Prime Minister is expected to say this week that he believes free schools have too much freedom.

Early years experts and academics have slammed the new Early Years Teacher standards, which were set out last week by the National College of Teaching and Leadership.

Despite a call for more emphasis on play-based learning from many respondents to the consultation on Early Years Educator qualifications, the Government has not amended the criteria.

Tickets are selling fast for Nursery World's Two-year-Olds: Policy and Practice conference on 19 April, which features a fantastic line-up of early years experts all ready to share their knowledge and experience.

The best early years provision overall is found in group settings, Ofsted's annual report on early years has found.

Karen Walker, head of children's services at the London Early Years Foundation, spoke to Nursery World about how the group's nurseries are preparing for the new framework.

Improving literacy and numeracy skills for early years practitioners and bringing in a new licensing system are key issues that Professor Cathy Nutbrown highlights in her interim report published today.

The Alliance is offering free training to all its 14,000 member day nurseries, pre-schools and parent and toddler groups in a partnership with training provider EduCare.

Culturebaby is a new programme rolling out in Manchester which aims to help practitioners and families find new ways to engage very young children with art and culture.

Early years settings that employ an Early Years Professional make 'significant improvements' in the quality of learning for children from two-and-a-half to five, a four-year study has concluded.