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As the politicians gear up for next year's general election, Nursery World asked six nursery chains what policies they would like to see the parties committing to. Interviews by Charlotte Goddard.

Updated guidance reminds us of the conditions attached to two-year-old funding, while the level of interest from schools is growing, says James Hempsall.

The drive for young children to attend school-run nurseries is causing some concern, but could it be an opportunity for the PVI nursery sector? Meredith Jones Russell looks at the pros and cons.

With the 40 per cent most disadvantaged two-year-olds now eligible for funded places, Hannah Crown takes a look at how prepared both nurseries, and councils, are to deliver.

James Hempsall explores what sufficiency means within the funded two-year-old offer, and how it could be used to drive up standards.

Lack of suitable out-of-school provision presents difficulties for parents forced to juggle responsibilities, says Working Mum.

New initiatives are bringing together expertise from the health service, early years sector and care in an effort to improve provision for children. Katy Morton investigates.

Apprenticeships are getting an update, with plans for employer-led standards coinciding with the introduction of the Level 3 EYE qualification and new GCSE rules. Ross Midgley explains.

A guide to the 241-page Children and Families Act, which became law on 13 March 2014.

In the concluding part of her series, Lena Engel examines what it takes to be an effective manager and an inspiring leader.