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There's a lot you can do to right the imbalances in day nursery funding, says Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of the NDNA.
It takes time and energy to build an enduring relationship with parents. Sarah Presswood, manager of George Perkins Day Nursery in Birmingham, explains why she thinks it's so important.
Lynn Bryden is business and finance support officer at Sure Start Strategic Partnership Tyne & Wear (www.northtyneside.gov.uk)
Perhaps the hardest part of establishing a new nursery is coming up with a distinctive name, says Derek Hayes.
Local nursery staff are visiting each other's settings to share and improve good practice. Mary Evans reports.
A new nursery is already alert to changing local demands and expanding its provision accordingly, as Karen Faux hears.
Monitoring outsiders who come to the nursery, and ensuring that children's medicines are given safely, are in the procedures outlined this month by Laura Henry and Jeanette Phillips-Green.
Ofsted is asking providers if they'd like it to give parents shopping for childcare more information about them, reports Karen Faux.
Lynn Bryden is business and finance support officer at Sure Start Strategic Partnership, Tyne & Wear (www.northtyneside.gov.uk).
Putting aside time to spend with the children is vital for maintaining the right perspective on the job, says Sarah Presswood, manager of George Perkins Day Nursery in Birmingham.