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Early years settings can apply for a grant of up to 5,000 to fund projects that promote vitamin D and encourage children under the age of five to take supplements.

The Government is calling on early years and childcare providers, parents and others to put forward their ideas about how to make childcare more affordable and accessible.

It's always poignant when saying goodbye to our older children, say Nicola Bushell and Hayley Cannell, joint managers of Oakey Dokey's Pre-School in Essex.

Judith Twani, independent early years consultant, trainer and early education improvement officer for Thurrock Council, explains how a modular quality assurance and improvement scheme is proving both versatile and enduring for a range of settings

A nursery group is offering all four-year-olds a completely free nursery place to match the hours of a school day, in a drive to keep children in an early years setting for longer.

Stockport College-owned nursery Oliver Owls has become the first private day nursery in England to receive the Leading Parent Partnership Accreditation Award (LPPA).

A children's author serving on an official commission on childcare noticed that many subcommittees were busily making recommendations around a central problem: 'It was generally agreed that the country was full of the wrong sort of people. There were strong opinions about what constituted a desirable citizenry and what should be done to children to procure one for the future.'

David Cameron's recent turn to domestic policy with his 'Can Parent' classes is to be welcomed. Repositioning parenting classes as support for all, rather than a penalty for 'poor parents' is a good first step to encourage uptake. The next will be to ensure the service reaches the vulnerable, as well as the proactive.

Despite the Government spending 7bn on childcare per year, British parents currently pay 27% of their income on childcare.

The employee benefits arm of the largest nursery group Busy Bees has launched a national campaign to increase childcare voucher allowances to support working parents.