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Nursery managers will feel more confident about tackling late-payers if there are solid procedures in place to address debts, says Sarah Steel, manager of the Old Station nursery group.

Family support outreach workers (FSOWs) are employed by children's services as part of the Sure Start Children's Centre initiative to improve the health, education and wellbeing of children and families through the integration of services.

All nurseries would be wise to reflect on their policies and practice, as well as the culture within their settings, in light of the review of the Plymouth child abuse case, says Catherine Rushforth.

The National Childminding Association is proposing that the Government pay parents the childcare element of the Working Tax Credit in vouchers, which are only accepted by registered childcarers, in a bid to reduce fraud.

Nurseries need to re-think babies' mealtimes and allow them to feed themselves or risk losing business, according to baby-led weaning advocate Gill Rapley.

What should nurseries and practitioners be doing to protect children from paedophiles? We look at the issues surrounding the Vanessa George abuse case. ... Policy and Politics, Practice, Management, Working with parents, Provision

Parents can be reminded about safety in everyday life with young children in a new pack devised by childminders, says Karen Faux.

A nursery is helping to meet the needs of local families with a wraparound and holiday care arrangement. Karen Faux reports.

One of the biggest changes in the world of work has been the increase in women combining having a family and having a job. It is estimated that in the UK, two out of three families have both parents working, usually one full-time and the other part-time.

The coalition Government has a bold plan to empower people by encouraging them to take an active role in their local community through volunteering.

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