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The new workplace pension regulations are explained by Jacqui Mann

Second reading due

Completing the new Self-Evaluation Form is no mean feat, say Nicola Bushell and Hayley Cannell, joint managers of Oakey Dokeys Pre-School in Essex.

Eight in ten nurseries are against Government proposals to allow highly qualified staff in nurseries to look after more children, a survey by the National Day Nurseries Association suggests.

An independent focus group for childminders has been launched to seek clarification from the Department for Education about what will happen to childminders who do not join agencies.

Laura Henry describes how careful preparation and a strong understanding of the Ofsted inspector's role and the procedure to be followed will 'help the inspector to help you'.

The early years sector has urged caution over plans to introduce childminding agencies, as set out in the Children and Families Bill.

Local authorities will no longer have a role to improve quality in early years settings, leaving the future of the work of early years authority advisers and their teams unclear.

Plans to introduce childminder agencies and give early years providers the right to request an Ofsted inspection are included in the Children and Families Bill published today.

The Government is urging the early years sector to respond to an online consultation which will inform its review of how regulation for childcare providers is enforced.