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A three-year project aims to make it easier for early years practitioners to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.

A new research centre dedicated to the role of play in the early years is being established at Cambridge University, thanks to a grant from the Lego Foundation, the toymaker’s charitable arm.

As Nursery World went to press, the early years sector was still digesting confirmation of the funding rates for the 30-hour childcare entitlement for working parents, released just 24 hours before, and poring over two hefty reports.

With the Childcare Bill for the 30 hours in the Commons and rising costs causing concern in early years, Ruth Thomson speaks to Sam Gyimah about what the sector can expect looking ahead.

According to think tank IPPR, the Government has underestimated the cost of doubling the free hours for three and four-year-olds by £1 billion a year.

High adult-to-child ratios, regular support and training, and the length of time in the job are key factors for good quality childminding, a new study finds.

The waiting is over and we can unveil the shortlist for the Nursery World Awards 2015

Childcare and education minister Sam Gyimah has confirmed he will open NW's conference on 2 July with a Government update on the programme of funded places for two-year-olds.

A new book looks at the ways we teach children and how we assess their progress - and sets out a vision for improving our methods. One of the book's editors, Dominic Wyse, explains.

Early childhood experts are calling for the next Government to focus less on increasing the free hours and more on providing quality provision.