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The Ofsted Big Conversation meetings held across the country on the weekend of 13-14 September were a triumph of organisation, commitment, passion and positivity.

Does the fact that Development Matters has been moved from the Department for Education's EYFS section of its website matter?

Find support for taking on funded two-year-olds, says Liz Roberts

The Government climbdown on the proposal to relax the staff:child ratios in nurseries and childminders felt like a huge victory for the early years sector.

The Government has provided 2 million for an Apprenticeship Bursary Scheme for 1,000 early years students.

What's next in the fight against ratio changes?

In my last Editor's View, I started by saying that there was still no sign of government announcements about the Nutbrown Review and the Childcare Commission. Two weeks on - and we're still waiting.

Still no pronouncement on ratios, regulation and childcare affordability as Nursery World went to press, but by the time you read this, the Government may well have released its response to Nutbrown and the Childcare Commission.

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.

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