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The chief executive of the Montessori Schools Association has criticised the Government's plans for free schools and academies because the option has not been extended to nurseries and early years settings.

The SEF may sometimes feel like a 'herculean task' but it is well worth the effort involved, says manager Kathryn Peckham.

With a three-part series on transitions beginning in this week's Nursery World, five readers have a chance to win a free copy of Julie Fisher's new book, Moving On to Key Stage 1, published by the Open University Press at 17.99.

The Pre-school Learning Alliance has signed a deal with Sarah Rogers Training to make its Reflecting on Quality scheme available to English language early years settings in the city-state of Dubai.

Nurseries need more support to develop and implement healthy eating policies, according to new research.

The new Government has announced plans to scrap the controversial Contact Point database.

The new chief executive of the UK's fifth largest nursery chain, Kidsunlimited, has said she wants to challenge the public's perception of nursery staff.

How the early years sector would like to see Government policy develop is spelled out by Neil Leitch, acting chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance and member of the Major Providers Group.

Demand for nursery places fell by 4 per cent last year, as recession hit and some families opted for informal childcare arrangements, according to Laing & Buisson's latest report on the childcare sector.

A nursery is to open in the premises of a Sure Start Children's Centre that is due to move.