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Your guide to the who, what and where of nursery chains
Do bolts and biometrics reassure parents - or get in the way of building trust, asks Annette Rawstrone.
It's 'steady as she goes' for the biggest chains - with the exception of Treetops, a group in a rush to expand. But they had better watch some of the ambitious groups down-table, says Catherine Gaunt.
For your guide to the who, what and where of nursery chains, our directory gives you all the information you need.
If a bright idea brings benefits to one setting, you want to spread the word. Melanie Defries explains how some chains do just that.
The moniker that a chain adopts should be memorable and tell parents instantly what kind of care it offers, says Katy Morton.
The change in Government has caused uncertainty among the nursery chains' ranks.
Yet more chains have been added to the directory this year. Annette Rawstrone speaks to five of the new entries.