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Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central, was appointed as Labour's new shadow minister for childcare and early years in October. Katy Morton met her to discuss her party's policies.
Many of the proposals in 'More Great Childcare' have been inspired by early years provision in France. Jeanne Fagnani and Eva Lloyd explain the system and some of the pluses and minuses.
Early years qualifications, ratios, regulation and diversity of provision are all in line for change under the Government's recently announced policy proposals. Here are the key points from the report with dates for changes to apply, when known.
Many nurseries had a bumpy ride in the second half of 2012. Karen Faux reports on survey findings which provide key pointers for the year ahead.
Funding streams, quality, pay and sustainability are high on the new minister's list of priorities. Clearly she has been listening hard to the early years sector, as she explained to Liz Roberts
Some primary free schools are taking advantage of their greater powers to offer nursery provision and more experiential curricula.
Developmental testing should be reintroduced for children before and after school entry to improve learning skills, says Sally Goddard Blythe.
As the whole childcare sector prepares to work with the new Vetting and Barring system, Karen Faux outlines its differences and similarities to existing employee check processes.
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