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As I type this I am looking out at a snowy scene in the centre of London. It's not what I anticipated when leaving the 'frozen north' a few months ago to join the team at London Early Years Foundation. I trust that we are all trying to keep warm and support the children in having fun.
A Staffordshire hospital nursery is the latest to say it will close in the New Year because the NHS Trust cannot afford to fund it.
A guide for managers of early years settings on how to deal with weather disruption has been produced by hr4nurseries.
A nursery chain offering more than 650 childcare places is considering pulling its nine nurseries out of the free entitlement scheme if underfunding continues.
Improving the life chances of children under five is the key to ensuring that the children of poor parents do not grow up to be poor adults, the Government's poverty adviser Frank Field has said.
Position: Director of three nurseries in the Casterbridge group
The CWDC has confirmed that it is reviewing the cut-off point for students to current Level 3 qualifications in early years and childcare, following a report by Ofqual, which criticises the new diploma.
A nursery rated outstanding is fighting a loophole in its local free entitlement funding which left it 288 out of pocket.
A Staffordshire hospital nursery will close in the New Year because the NHS Trust can no longer afford to fund it.
When two nurseries were looking for reliable new owners they knew who to go to, strengthening a chain. Karen Faux reports.
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