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Speaking with one voice

Let's use our collective strength to talk to government about early years sector concerns, says Cheryl Hadland, founder of Tops Day Nurseries

The parent trap

We need a shift in the mindset of employers in the UK, so that flexible working is seen as the norm, not the exception, argues Sarah Jackson

Feeling overwhelmed

Too many statutory requirements mean we are busy demonstrating compliance rather than getting on with our real job

It's not 'free', it's funded!

The Government needs to come clean to parents that 30 hours funding will force providers to charge for 'extra' services, says Neil Leitch, chief executive of Pre-school Learning Alliance

Counting the cost of early years funding shortfalls

As recent reports reveal ongoing problems with the underfunding of the 30 hours, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the biggest voluntary sector provider the Pre-school Learning Alliance, calls for Government action, as he explains why it has closed more than 20 settings

Exclusive: Ask the Minister

Education and Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss answers Nursery World readers' questions about More Great Childcare and More Affordable Childcare

'Work with us on 30 hours'

Sam Gyimah, minister for education and childcare, argues that the early years sector needs to get behind the 30 hours free childcare policy

Time for action on men in childcare

With the proportion of men working in early years stuck at just two per cent, it's time for the Government to set recruitment targets to address the gender imbalance once and for all, says David Wright.

From Cinderella to the 4th Emergency Service 

Who would have anticipated that a virus we had never heard of could be the last straw to the survival of the early years sector, already weakened by years of under-funding? June O' Sullivan, CEO of nursery group LEYF, on coronavirus challenges

The dangers of ditching vouchers

The way in which the Government has chosen to deliver the Tax-Free Childcare scheme could have implications for providers and parents, warns Fiona Shields.

Why Elizabeth Truss has got it wrong on ratios

Julie Lightley, owner of The Village Nursery in Trafford Park, explains why she feels Elizabeth Truss is insulting the sector by advocating that ratios can be reduced by employing highly qualified staff

A final farewell to our pre-school

Following the recent closure of Kirkgate Pre-School in Cumbria, former staff member Emmie Short remembers what made the setting so special, and explains why it was forced to shut down

Funding - the hard facts

Pre-school Learning Alliance Chief Executive Neil Leitch says the Government must look at the evidence when revising free hours funding

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