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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.

Counting the cost of early years funding shortfalls

As recent reports reveal ongoing problems with the underfunding of the 30 hours, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the biggest voluntary sector provider the Pre-school Learning Alliance, calls for Government action, as he explains why it has closed more than 20 settings

Exclusive: Ask the Minister

Education and Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss answers Nursery World readers' questions about More Great Childcare and More Affordable Childcare

To the Point - Being in the moment

It's not surprising that early years practitioners who study and gain qualifications are most likely to be able to offer positive support for developing children.

To the point - Strive for the best

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

To the point - One way forward

In recent weeks we have seen two important announcements on childcare and early years learning: the final report of the Nutbrown Review of early learning and childcare qualifications and the establishment of a childcare commission. These are both welcome developments.

Too much on their plates?

Let's get one thing out of the way first: I'm no expert on childcare. I've been following the debate on ratios with great interest, but my focus here is in one important part of childcare provision: food.

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