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As this issue of Nursery World goes to press, we’re still waiting to hear who will be taking on ministerial responsibilities for early years and childcare at the Department for Education.

Despite concerns that the EU Referendum decision would mean more delays to policy changes for early years, there has been some movement at least in an attempt to show that it’s ‘business as usual’.

Do we face yet more delays in getting on with childcare policy?, asks Liz Roberts

Feeding and sleeping are probably the most emotive aspects of being a new parent, with the potential for guilt, distress and anger all possible in the sometimes bewildering struggle to do your best to take care of a young infant.

Emotions have been running high for children, parents and teachers in the past few weeks of SATs, with tales of impossible questions, leaked papers, and playground tears.

Would you fancy basing your nursery or class in a museum or art gallery for several weeks, maybe even a term?

Raising the status of the early years workforce is something that Nursery World has campaigned for over many decades, and increasing the employment of graduates is obviously a positive move.

The many organisations and individuals who have campaigned for the past year against the introduction of the Baseline to assess children from the start of Reception will no doubt feel some satisfaction and relief at the Government’s U-turn – Professor Cathy Nutbrown among them, as she explains in her column.

Those of you working in the early years sector no doubt find yourselves completely unsurprised by the findings of the new briefing from Save the Children and the Institute of Child Health.

For years, we have been creeping towards academisation of the state school system until – boom – Chancellor George Osborne used his Budget to announce that all schools would be made to become academies.

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