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Nursery World and National Day Nurseries Association join forces for a behind-the-scenes column

A swathe of new big policy documents are hitting the early years sector from September, starting with the new inspection framework. Hannah Crown has a handy summary of what is happening and when

The new baseline assessment programme is being trialled by schools from September. Charlotte Goddard examines what it involves and the concerns surrounding it

How much childcare is available for mothers who work full-time? Pamela Calder, former chair of the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network and who campaigned in the 70s for better access to childcare, asks whether things have improved

How are the financial difficulties facing some families affecting early years settings, and what are they doing to help, asks Meredith Jones Russell

HR expert Jacqui Mann sets out everything you need to know about increases to the minimum wage rates which came into force this month

The University of East London’s Ivana La Valle and Eva Lloyd, who were involved in the most recent evaluation of the 30 hours entitlement, discuss the key findings of their report and how the policy may develop in the future

Are childcare providers planning for the UK’s exit from the European Union? And what impact is the uncertainty having on their business? By Katy Morton

Gabriella Jozwiak introduces the first part of a new series on managing inclusion, with a look at what the term means in context, and a guide to the legal requirements

In the latest Budget, the Government has changed its plans for Universal Credit. Here’s what these announcements mean for you. By the Resolution Foundation’s Laura Gardiner