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Private and voluntary nurseries in Renfrewshire are the first nurseries in Scotland to be asked to set the figure for the grant they receive from the local authority for nursery education places for three- and four-year-olds.

CWDC is urging EYPs to respond to its online survey, the first phase in a three-year longitudinal study by the University of Wolverhampton, which aims to find out what effect graduate status is having on career development and outcomes for children under five.

Three hundred places through six training providers are being made available for a student associate scheme that enables degree students to have a 'taster' of specific jobs in the sector.

CWDC reports that more than 4,000 people have now achieved EYPS and more than 3,600 are currently in training.

Combining EYPS with the Early Childhood Studies degree is still a much debated issue and something CWDC has been addressing with its pilot projects.

Initial results from a survey of nursery food in England have suggested that many settings may be giving children food that does not provide enough fat or energy.

One of the first Steiner Waldorf schools in the country to be granted exemptions from some of the EYFS learning and development goals has been graded Outstanding in its inspection.

Treetops Nurseries is now the tenth biggest nursery group in the country, after deals with two small chains added 500 more childcare places and seven more nurseries to the business.

Many nurseries are experiencing a decline in the demand for baby places at their setting, a trend that they have attributed to the economic climate and new employment rights such as flexible working.

The first national qualification for early years chefs is being developed by nursery chain the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF).