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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.
Seeing a young boy do something considered feminine provokes some extended thinking about traditional gender roles and stereotypes. Anne O'Connor explores the issues in practice.
Perhaps the hardest part of establishing a new nursery is coming up with a distinctive name, says Derek Hayes.
Young children may tell untruths because they want them to be true, and adults can help by modelling desirable behaviour, says Annette Rawstrone.
A new nursery is already alert to changing local demands and expanding its provision accordingly, as Karen Faux hears.
Ofsted is asking providers if they'd like it to give parents shopping for childcare more information about them, reports Karen Faux.
Practitioners should be alert to children in their care who may lack the sense of secure attachment they need for emotional development, and offer their families whatever support they can, says Anne O'Connor.
Getting everyone's priorities and responsibilities right is important in the early days of establishing a new nursery, says Derek Hayes.
A foolproof form of nursery access security employs something that all its users carry around with them. Karen Faux reports.
Striving to achieve the Investors in People standard is an effort that pays off for the workforce and nursery children, says Karen Faux.