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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.

Adding new nurseries to a chain can be an unsettling experience, but effective communication holds the key to successful integration, says Mary Evans.

In the 12 months since Nursery Chains was last published, nursery groups have been living with the twin challenges of implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage and the economic crisis.

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.

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