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Is it within the remit of a regulatory body to get political?

Chestnut Nursery in Brixham, Devon, is facing closure after the council which runs it announced earlier this month that it plans to close it down.

The National Day Nurseries Association has won ten contracts to support 62 local authorities in England with the rollout of free early education places for disadvantaged two-year-olds

Early years organisations have welcomed the call from the education and childcare minister Elizabeth Truss that local authorities must ensure Government money for free early education places for two-year-olds reaches the frontline.

Education and Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss calls on providers to help deliver a high quality early education programme for two-year-olds

More details of the funding for early education places for disadvantaged two-year-olds are set out today.

Changes to the amount of floor space that early years settings must provide are being considered by the Government's Childcare Commission.

Legislation in the Children and Families Bill, due to come before Parliament in January, will include plans to cut back on regulations for childcare providers, Nursery World has learned.

Government grants of up to 500 will be available to encourage entrepreneurs to set up nurseries and childminding businesses.

The Pre-School Learning Alliance is to offer childminders a bespoke membership package from early next year, following the National Childminding Association's bid to attract a wider membership under a new name.

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