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Two is definitely the magic number in the early years sector at the moment, referring of course to two-year-olds - the free places for the 40 per cent most disadvantaged, the Progress Check and all the challenges of funding, provision and practice.

Profit can be a bit of a dirty word in the early years sector. However, without profit no business can survive, and a nursery cannot develop to better meet the needs of children and families.

Much of the early years sector's attention over the past few months has understandably been focused on the revised Early Years Foundation Stage and new Ofsted inspection framework, now both in place.

A recent international study found that UK pre-school provision is among the best in the world (Starting Well, The Economist Intelligence Unit 2012), says Nancy Stewart

The euphoria occasioned by the golden performances of the Team GB Olympic athletes is starting to subside a little, hastened by news that the Government is making it easier for schools to sell off playing fields.

The 2011 census found there were 3.5 million children under five in England and Wales, which is 406,000 more than the last census in 2001.

I sometimes wonder if Denmark ever tires of the constant flow of UK early years professionals and politicians who stream into the country to marvel at its high-quality, universal, affordable childcare.

Put young children first when responding to the final report from Nutbrown, says Chelle Davison, senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, chair of SEFDEY North East Region, and member of the expert panel for the Nutbrown Review

Registered childminders make their feelings known about deregulation.

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