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Trends and good practice in nursery business come under the spotlight in a first-time seminar, previewed by Ruth Thomson.

Unknown territory lurks around the new early years qualifications.

There's a skill in sharing something you've learned with your colleagues, and it's more in demand than ever, says Mary Evans.

An inclusion course much in demand is outlined by Karen Faux

Family support outreach workers (FSOWs) are employed by children's services as part of the Sure Start Children's Centre initiative to improve the health, education and wellbeing of children and families through the integration of services.

John Chowcat, general secretary of Aspect, the union for educational improvement and children's services professionals

Practitioners with Montessori knowledge can now do a top-up degree that will extend the skills they can offer. Karen Faux reports.

Most early childhood degrees include 'real-world' experiences in early years settings and a related final-year project or dissertation. Make the most of these learning opportunities by bringing your critical thinking skills with you on the placement.

As a nursery owner you are responsible for ensuring the suitability of the people you recruit to work in your setting, and there are many things to consider to ensure you comply with employment legislation and the safeguarding of children.

A girl came up to me in the nursery and asked, 'How do you kiss a turtle?' I was surprised and a bit worried. First, because she wanted to know how to kiss one, and second, because, out of all the staff, she felt that I was most likely to know!