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The Montessori Schools Association (MSA) has set up a helpline for nurseries struggling to understand how the new rules for the free entitlement for three- and four-year-olds will affect them when the Code of Practice comes into force in September.

'Father engagement' should be included in Ofsted's inspection framework for early years services and schools, says the Fatherhood Institute in its response to the Government's families green paper.

With just one week to go before the General Election, we assess the mood of the early years sector and ask the three main political parties to explain their policies

Nurseries and early years organisations have been reacting to the row over 'top up' fees after reports that a Conservative Government would allow nurseries to charge parents 'supplementary fees' for funded places for three-and four-year-olds.

The law still stops short of protecting children from being physically punished. Pat Gordon-Smith calls for a more concerted campaign.

One in four families is missing out on a father's involvement at home, according to new research.

The Labour and Conservative parties set out their family and childcare policies in their election manifestos last week.

A nursery owner who pulled out of the nursery education funding scheme after the first Code of Practice was published four years ago is urging other providers, who fear the new Code will force them out of business, to opt out.

London mayor Boris Johnson has scrapped the London Development Agency's dedicated childcare team to focus on youth and volunteering.

A project launched in Belfast is developing materials to teach young children about peace by gathering examples of best practice from around the world.