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Market roundup - moving up?

After a bit of a hiatus over the second and third quarter of 2020, the market for nursery transactions has been moving healthily again, says Arun Kanwar

To the point - Prevention not cure

David Cameron's recent turn to domestic policy with his 'Can Parent' classes is to be welcomed. Repositioning parenting classes as support for all, rather than a penalty for 'poor parents' is a good first step to encourage uptake. The next will be to ensure the service reaches the vulnerable, as well as the proactive.

Feeling overwhelmed

Too many statutory requirements mean we are busy demonstrating compliance rather than getting on with our real job

It's not 'free', it's funded!

The Government needs to come clean to parents that 30 hours funding will force providers to charge for 'extra' services, says Neil Leitch, chief executive of Pre-school Learning Alliance

To the point: We must aim high

'Narrowing the gap' has been a central focus of investment in early years, aimed at decreasing the divide in life chances between those children who are the haves and have-nots.

"It doesn't take GCSEs..."

"It doesn't take GCSE's or anything else to change nappies, just common sense" - comments on the Nutbrown Review. Julian Grenier gives his response on his latest blog

Being professional

Michael Pettavel looks for insights into what it really means to be a 'professional'

To the Point - The dangers of localism for Sure Start

The Department for Education has just published a consultation on statutory guidance for Sure Start Children's Centres. I strongly encourage all Nursery World readers to go online and give your own comments on the guidance by 1 June, says Naomi Eisenstadt.

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