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A new series on early years settings that have gained an outstanding rating from Ofsted is launched by Karen Faux.

Are all parties finally coming to agreement on what needs to be done to improve the food provided for nursery children? Karen Faux reports.

Every children's centre outreach service could soon have to comply with a set of core principles and standards, under draft plans by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Early years settings' work with families can take a new dimension when everybody gets outdoors together, says Annie Davy, early years advisor at Learning through Landscapes.

The Home Office has issued new guidance to help employers and voluntary groups implement the Vetting and Barring Scheme starting on 26 July.

A report aimed boosting the achievement of disadvantaged children and those at risk of falling behind has been published by the DCSF.

It's been a good couple of weeks for childminding. The sun beamed down at last week's National Childminding Association election manifesto launch at the House of Commons terrace (see News, page 3). Happy MPs, sector dignitaries, childminders and children mingled by the river, not even needing their coats!

Childcare arrangements made between friends for no financial reward are to be exempt from Ofsted registration from April this year, the DCSF has revealed.

The long-awaited Code of Practice for the free entitlement for three- and four-year-olds published last week gives parents the right for the first time to ask their local authority to find them free childcare when they want it.

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