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The quality of food that children eat in their early years settings could suffer as an unintended consequence of introducing the 30-hour childcare entitlement, findings from a joint survey carried out by Nursery World and the Children’s Food Trust suggest.

Another new year begins – and one that is certain to be critical for the future of the early years sector in many ways.

A joint inquiry into the role early years intervention plays in shaping lives has been launched to inform the Government’s life chances strategy.

Nursery practitioners and early years experts discuss the sector’s opportunities and challenges for the next 12 months. By Charlotte Goddard

Childcare minister Sam Gyimah has written to sector organisations to notify them of Government plans to consult on a rise to the annual Ofsted fees for childcare providers.

Speculation is growing that the child obesity strategy will include a tax on sugary soft drinks as health campaigners pile pressure on David Cameron.

Labour MP for Darlington Jenny Chapman has been appointed the new shadow childcare minister in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s first reshuffle.

The country has shuddered at images of a young child being exploited by terrorists, says Purnima Tanuku. But nurseries can do much to keep children safe.