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For your guide to the who, what and where of nursery chains, our directory gives you all the information you need.

There are higher expectations for nurseries that are run as social enterprises to meet, but first of all they must be a profitable business, says Karen Faux.

Big name back-up with the individual care of locally run settings has proved a recipe for success for Casterbridge. Annette Rawstrone reports.

During the economic downturn, nurseries are using innovative methods, such as radio adverts and fun days, to promote themselves and attract new child numbers, discovers Mary Evans.

The past year has seen consolidation in the sector with the major chains growing through acquisitions and the number of places rising, despite the ongoing economic recession. Catherine Gaunt reports.

Working with a family member can offer many benefits. However, accusations of favouritism and higher expectations must be resolved for such relationships to prosper, as Gemma Taylor finds out.

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.

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