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Being able to access training at home, at work or while on the move is making online learning an increasingly popular option, says Mary Evans.

Action research is a form of 'self-reflective enquiry' that can help settings work through points of concern to find workable solutions. Julie McLarnon shows how it works in practice.

For Leisa Towle, being a nursery leader means keeping her eye on the big picture and ensuring that all staff are deployed in the most effective way

Manager's dilemma: Our parents have very firm ideas about the amount of sleep they want their children to have at nursery, often because they do not want to be kept up all night by wakeful children who have slept during the day. We've heard of nurseries which have been downgraded by Ofsted for not putting the child's needs before the wishes of the parents, and we are finding it very difficult to strike a balance.

While the last cohort of EYPs to be assessed on the 39 standards gear up for the final phase of their programme, those who enrolled in September are preparing to engage in debate about the latest developments in safeguarding. EYP programme co-ordinator Nikki Fairchild provides this month's update from the University of Chichester.

Staff need to be able to demonstrate their understanding of child development in practice during inspections, says Laura Henry.

Reception leader Leisa Towle describes how she and her team have thought creatively around their approach to developing children's writing skills, with very good results

There are a variety of ways settings can recognise and reward the good work of nursery teams, as Rebecca Miller explains.

One nursery group appears to have found a formula for success and is all set to replicate it in two more settings.

If you are thinking about expanding your nursery business and purchasing one or several more, then you may have heard of TUPE.