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Nikki Fairchild describes how this month's learning journeys have been thought provoking and stimulating for candidates across the four pathways. Meanwhile the university gets ready to welcome its next cohort of budding EYPs

During your inspection it is important to show that children are confident about communicating with staff. Laura Henry suggests undertaking an audit to gauge the quality of interactions.

Karen Faux looks at a course focusing on physical development and its links with other Prime areas.

Under the Childcare Act 2006, local authorities have a duty to provide information, advice and training to early years providers to enable them to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Effective supervision is essential under the EYFS and there is plenty of theory to guide practitioners. But how easy is to put theory into practice? In a new online series, Julie Coakley, manager at LEYF's Colville Nursery in west London, provides a personal account of her own learning journey.

Having a development plan is key to realising the professional and personal aspirations of staff and will result in a high-quality setting, says Rebecca Miller in the concluding part of her series.

While the Government's response to Cathy Nutbrown's review of qualifications is still awaited, no one working in the sector - whether new or experienced - can afford to stand still. How can practice and job prospects be developed in an uncertain world? Here we've gathered together four training experts to address the key questions that our readers have raised.

Taking on an apprentice provides the opportunity to potentially grow and mould a loyal worker - so why aren't more nurseries adopting this approach to tailor-made talent? Mary Evans finds out.

Being able to access training at home, at work or while on the move is making online learning an increasingly popular option, says Mary Evans.

While the last cohort of EYPs to be assessed on the 39 standards gear up for the final phase of their programme, those who enrolled in September are preparing to engage in debate about the latest developments in safeguarding. EYP programme co-ordinator Nikki Fairchild provides this month's update from the University of Chichester.

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