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After two years, this is my last column for Nursery World.

What are the implications of recent research for investment in childcare, ask Vidhya Alakeson

Party conference season is over again for another year and those of us who have to go to all three breathe a long sigh of relief. But it is worth pausing to consider what is at stake at the election when it comes to public spending.

Now that the Union has remained intact, politicians will soon be heading to their respective party conferences.

The UK has become skilled at creating low-paid jobs, says Vidhya Alakeson

Earlier this year, Birmingham City Council announced that from April 2015 childcare providers in the city would only be funded to deliver the free entitlement if they paid the Living Wage of £7.65 an hour. The uproar in the sector was well reported by Nursery World and is easy to understand.

Last week, the Resolution Foundation hosted an event in partnership with the Family and Childcare Trust reflecting on what we have all learned in the decade since the 2004 childcare strategy about the best way forward.

Vidhya Alakeson looks behind the headline figures of economic recovery

Vidhya Alakeson fears current childcare policy will not ultimately boost quality

This time round will schools be persuaded to provide the extended services that parents so desperately need?

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