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The likes of Twitter and Facebook are here to stay and the challenge now is how best to use them. Katy Morton hears how some enterprising nurseries are maximising their potential.
Check what has been going on in the world of employment law and look ahead to what is set to happen in 2013 with this guide by Jacqui Mann.
Charity fundraising not only helps others, but delivers a strong feel-good factor to a nursery's staff, parents and children, while raising the community profile of the business, says Sophie Hudson.
Knowing exactly what it wants has enabled a nursery group to launch its latest site without getting in a spin, says Jackie Cosh.
Determined fundraising efforts helped a pre-school to buy a portable building that has exceeded all expectations. Sue Corfield reports.
Early years providers are doing it for themselves when it comes to making sure their staff can gain the skills and understanding that their settings require. Karen Faux hears what they most value.
The details of recent equality legislation are wide-ranging, and early years settings need to make sure they comply with the Act. Jane Lane and Brenda Parkes provide a guide.
As more parents struggle with childcare costs, nurseries need to have clear policies about paying fees and collecting debts while remaining sensitive to family difficulties, says Claire Schofield, director of Membership, Policy and Communications at National Day Nurseries Association.
A member of staff who is promoted to a management role should never feel out on their own - senior management teams have a responsibility to provide them with training and support which help to build the new manager's confidence and expertise, says Karen Faux.
The explosion in online marketing has made the nursery logo an essential factor in building recognition and customer loyalty. Katy Morton talks to some nursery groups about their approach to branding and design, and finds that keeping it simple is often the best way to go.