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Childminders delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage have nothing to fear when an inspector calls, says Roger Shippam, director, children, at Ofsted.

Those speaking out against the closure of university nurseries claim it all comes down to money, and that the situation goes against the aim of widening access to higher education.

With new guidelines recently issued to local authorities on the Early Years Single Funding Formula for the free entitlement, Ruth Thomson outlines the implications.

As nursery schools continue to close all over the country, it could be a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Barbara Riddell and Pauline Trudell argue for rescuing and preserving them.

The Government has earmarked 5.5m to pilot ways into how holiday childcare places can be made more affordable and accessible for parents.

As the whole childcare sector prepares to work with the new Vetting and Barring system, Karen Faux outlines its differences and similarities to existing employee check processes.

Both the public and the nursery sector have been shocked at the Plymouth child sex abuse revelations. What can childcarers do now to reassure parents? Mary Evans hears their views.

Leading early years practitioners and experts are calling on the sector to respond with common sense and sensitivity following the allegations of child sexual abuse made against a nursery worker in Plymouth.

The move towards hands-on learning, outside of the classroom, is behind the growing popularity of forest schools. Annette Rawstrone investigates.

Early years practitioners are themselves part of the provision in any setting. Anne O'Connor outlines their role in and responsibility in promoting learning.

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