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Name: Sian NesbittPosition: owner and director of Dizzy Ducks Day Nurseries

Voice, the union for education professionals, is leading the Regulation Matters campaign, calling for the registration and regulation of all home childcarers, including nannies, maternity nurses, doulas and au pairs.

Parents could be able to claim up to 2,000 a year in tax breaks to help pay for nurseries and childminders, government sources have indicated.

Children are missing out on vital speech and language therapy and starting school without the language skills they need, according to new research by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

New research finds that mothers working full-time need to work for a third of the year before they are able to see any financial benefit from returning to work.

A brand new 161 place nursery opens its doors today in the grounds of Willows Farm Village in St Albans, Hertfordshire, on a site that is already popular with local families. Launched as a partnership between Kids Play Childcare and Willows Farm, the new nursery has been created out of a former butchers and gift shop, with free-flow access to the outdoors and access to all the farm facilities.

The recommendations of the Better Communication Research Programme (BCRP), the largest ever programme of research into children's speech, language and communication services in the UK, put an emphasis on early intervention, close involvement of families and joint commissioning of services across education, health and social care to support children with speech, language and communication needs.