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Although there has been no response yet from the Government to the Nutbrown review of early years qualifications and workforce, there have been some interesting clues emerging as to what some of the decisions might be.

Two is definitely the magic number in the early years sector at the moment, referring of course to two-year-olds - the free places for the 40 per cent most disadvantaged, the Progress Check and all the challenges of funding, provision and practice.

The Government and several of the think tanks that sympathise with its policies are making a lot of noise about the cost of childcare and about how it must be made more affordable to parents.

New technology is throwing an unexpected challenge at nursery staff.

Early years providers have had a lot of different issues to consider in the election campaign

Look out for a possible mass exodus of early years providers

The Nursery World Show 2010 last weekend was a fantastic occasion, with the stands bustling and the seminars packed out with visitors eager to hear from leading experts in the early years sector (full report and pictures in next week's issue).

Two Green Papers on families and relationships were published last week - Support for All by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, and Green Paper on the Family by the Conservatives' Centre for Social Justice.

Figures show that a third of all young people in Scotland are either overweight or obese, while the Scottish Government and many charities promoting healthy living have stressed the importance of children being active in their daily routines.

Making teaching an elitist profession is likely to fall short of the desirable mark.

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