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Caught up with the excitement of Christmas, we needed to ensure our children stay happy and calm, say Hayley Cannell and Nicky Bushell of Oakey Dokeys Pre-School, in Essex

Follow the roll-out of early education places for two-year-olds, (from 20 February 2012).

Follow the progress of the Government's plan (from January 2011).

Follow the progress of the Government programme (to January 2011.)

Nikki Fairchild describes how this month's learning journeys have been thought provoking and stimulating for candidates across the four pathways. Meanwhile the university gets ready to welcome its next cohort of budding EYPs

A recent report in the education press claimed 'yet another year of improvement across the board' following the Government's release of the EYFS results for last year. What was not mentioned was the fundamental change to the 'expected standard' for five year olds in mathematics with the new EYFS which became statutory in September.

Effective supervision is essential under the EYFS and there is plenty of theory to guide practitioners. But how easy is to put theory into practice? In a new online series, Julie Coakley, manager at LEYF's Colville Nursery in west London, provides a personal account of her own learning journey.

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.

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