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It's hard to believe that this is the final issue of Nursery World for 2013.
The National Children's Bureau (NCB) has begun a wide-ranging and much-needed debate on the future of children's centres, including a survey about their purpose and value.
Just how fabulous does Woodland House Nursery's Beach School near Bristol sound?
I think that the early years sector has been preserving a quiet sense of satisfaction that, amid all the policy moves that could threaten quality services for young children, the proposed ratio changes for babies and two-year-olds had been fought off.
When Government and opposition reshuffles come along, it's very hard to predict what will happen and impossible to know the machinations and trade-offs that go on behind the scenes.
The early years sector's interest in and knowledge of food and nutrition for young children has certainly been on the rise recently.
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.
You may have noticed that last week there were lots of stories in the national press and on TV news about Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's 'announcement' about free places for two-year-olds.
Childminder agencies are due to become law in a year's time, and the Government's proposals are causing increasing alarm.
The Royal baby may be in line for succession as monarch of the whole UK, but devolution seems to be increasingly afoot in terms of policies on early years.
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