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Is it within the remit of a regulatory body to get political?

Although there has been no response yet from the Government to the Nutbrown review of early years qualifications and workforce, there have been some interesting clues emerging as to what some of the decisions might be.

It seems a long time since the Nutbrown Review of early years qualifications appeared - 19 June to be precise.

The Government and several of the think tanks that sympathise with its policies are making a lot of noise about the cost of childcare and about how it must be made more affordable to parents.

Let me introduce myself. I'm nasty and aggressive; a bit of an oddball, in fact. I'm cold, clinical, and uncommunicative.

A debate has been running largely unnoticed in the mainstream media about the Government's plans to allow parents to share more of the leave currently allocated to mothers as maternity leave, say Nick Pearce.

Much of the early years sector's attention over the past few months has understandably been focused on the revised Early Years Foundation Stage and new Ofsted inspection framework, now both in place.

A recent international study found that UK pre-school provision is among the best in the world (Starting Well, The Economist Intelligence Unit 2012), says Nancy Stewart

The Nursery World team have certainly found it difficult to tear themselves away from watching Team GB in the Olympics for the past week or so, but luckily there are lots of parallels between the sporting action and this issue of the magazine.

It's not often I feel moved to say this, but a new resource from the Department for Education is absolutely fascinating!

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