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Trends and good practice in nursery business come under the spotlight in a first-time seminar, previewed by Ruth Thomson.

Nursery managers will feel more confident about tackling late-payers if there are solid procedures in place to address debts, says Sarah Steel, manager of the Old Station nursery group.

Nurseries concerned about risk will be interested in new proposals over health and safety, say Tabitha Cave and Natalie Andrews.

Unknown territory lurks around the new early years qualifications.

There's a skill in sharing something you've learned with your colleagues, and it's more in demand than ever, says Mary Evans.

Look out for possible penalties for not paying certain taxes, whether you know about them or not, warns Karen Faux.

The play needs of children in darkened winter months have been ignored in the debate about whether or not clocks should be put back. At the end of October each year, children face a situation that worsens in the following weeks when they are unable to go out for the healthy outdoor play they need because of the early darkness.

It would seem to be quite a risk for the Coalition Government to ask Frank 'think the unthinkable' Field to carry out a review of poverty and life chances. Here is a character who was a regular irritant to his own party when they were in power - will he continue in this vein with the new administration?

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.

When two nurseries were looking for reliable new owners they knew who to go to, strengthening a chain. Karen Faux reports.