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My First Friends Day Nursery has adapted its outside space to benefit children and staff, finds Karen Faux.

Concern is growing that without government aid, more low-paid early years staff will leave the sector, writes Karen Faux.

The Bright Horizons (BH) nursery chain has developed a network of more than 1,000 'partner' nurseries in the UK which can help meet the childcare needs of parents who have flexible working arrangements or require emergency care.

What can nurseries do to protect themselves in a period of financial uncertainty? Law partner Robert Collier offers some advice.

The Government's graduate targets mean nurseries will tread a fine line between meeting requirements and protecting morale, says Mary Evans.

Parents' call for flexible daycare has been answered by nursery networks that offer emergency places and extended opening hours. Simon Vevers investigates.

With a government report presenting a mixed picture of the industry, Simon Vevers asks professionals for their take on the big issues, from pay to the EYFS.

Inevitably, the current economic climate is now deepening concerns around the sector's well-documented market challenges.

Children need poetry early on if they are to appreciate it throughout life. Viv Hampshire suggests some activities and books for making a start.

Early years staff are now taking part in an experiment that has so far only concentrated on parents. Katy Morton finds out what it's about.