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Partnership working with a nursery school and children's centre has enabled a private provider to meet the challenges of increasing places for two-year-olds. James Hempsall describes the benefits of its 'whole team' approach.

James Hempsall describes how carefully targeted training for childminders to focus specifically on the needs of two-year-olds has significantly boosted the availability of highquality provision for this age group in two London boroughs.

In line with the Tickell review recommendations, provision for two-year-olds will need to place strong emphasis on involving parents in their children's development. James Hempsall outlines the practical steps one nursery is taking to achieve this.

The expansion of the free entitlement for disadvantaged two year-olds will require new solutions to meet demand for places and new relationships between providers. James Hempsall describes how this has been the case in Stockton-on-Tees, where a holistic family approach has focused on providing continuity between a specially created playgroup and the children's centre.

The expansion of the free entitlement to disadvantaged two-year-olds is a welcome early intervention development, and a significant operational challenge. In this new column, James Hempsall examines how settings can meet the challenges in the offer, and shares examples of excellent practice.

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