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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

Hear 'physical development' and you'll probably think of the health benefits that a good diet and lots of running around can bring your child. In fact, physical development is fundamental to every aspect of your child's life.

The tried and tested PEAL programme can help practitioners get to grips with the revised Early Years Foundation Stage's greater focus on engaging with parents, says Susan Soar from the Early Childhood Unit at the National Children's Bureau.

How can parents find out more about the EYFS Framework and help their child's learning? The new parents guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework offers a helping hand, says Sue Robb, head of early years, 4Children.

Oakey Dokeys is an exciting place to be in the build-up to the Olympic and Paralympic games, say joint managers Nicola Bushell and Hayley Cannell.

Kerry Hastings and Louise Young describe how keeping an electronic diary of the learning progress of each early years child, accessible to parents, family and the child, can create a more complete picture.

Karen Faux finds out how a new nursery dedicated to the very young is part of a long-term business plan for The St Swithin, a three-strong group based in Aberdeen.

Practitioners should always be prepared to acknowledge that parents are experts on their own children's enthusiasms, writes Helen Bromley.

Current phrases about working closely in partnership with parents have become unambiguous legal requirements, says early years consultant Penny Tassoni.