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What early years settings cannot do

The Code of Practice for the free entitlement for three- and four-year-olds is published today, giving parents the right for the first time to ask their local authority to find them free childcare when they want it.

Early years settings are wondering what's in store for them when inspectors from private contractors turn up, says Karen Faux.

Childcare group the Old Station Nursery has won its fifth contract with the Ministry of Defence, offering childcare to military families.

For the fourth year running, Child Base, the UK's sixth largest nursery group, is the only early years provider to be ranked in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For.

Nurseries and local authorities must be able to operate 'flexibly' within the revised Code of Practice, a policy group of nursery providers said this week.

One London local authority is considering allowing some early years providers to delay extending the free entitlement to 15 hours until April 2011, Nursery World has learned.

How are the second wave of pathfinder local authorities going to slice their single funding formula for childcare providers when they start next month? Melanie Defries asked them.

Nursery group Kid Ease has entered into partnership with a local catering company to offer high-quality fresh food.

A nursery chain in the north-east of England is celebrating after receiving planning permission for its eighth setting.