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What a shame that the writer of 'Does Ofsted get the full picture?' (Letters, 6 September) has such a poor experience of NVQ training at levels 2 and 3. My colleague and I were horrified to hear of the NVQ assessor's appalling practice. One has to wonder how a self-respecting assessor could make an objective judgement regarding the competency of the learners in the manner described.

Parents need to be encouraged to ask difficult questions, says Pat Wills.

Why don't authorities heed what's best?

My belief is that the 'parenting industry' is marketing a simplified and unrealistic view of parenting, which is based on the notion that to be a parent is a series of problems to be solved and techniques to be mastered.

Three cheers for Purnima Tanuku! (Special Report, 13 September). Lest we forget:

We know that preparing for and implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage is top of mind for everyone working with children from birth to five. The next year will be crucial for local authorities and practitioners to get to grips with what best practice will entail and how that will fit with targets for improving outcomes.

Big deals in the nursery chain market pose little threat to the sector as a whole, says Alan Bentley.

Sharon Peach says that her day nursery has been inundated with responses to sharing ideas on treasure baskets (Letters, 23 August) and proposes that more nurseries network.

Purnima Tanuku's 'Profit or loss?' (13 September) makes some good points about government funding and the private sector, but unfortunately not her suggestion that 'profit' be replaced with 'surplus'. The dictionary defines surplus as, 'an amount left...

I am concerned about the way families receive help with the cost of their childcare through Working Families Tax Credit.

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