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EYP Sarah Fillingham describes how her determination to give renewed impetus to a local network is gaining fruition

Our candidates are embarking on their learning journeys and I wanted to give you a flavour of what they are currently experiencing in the first month of the EYPS. All candidates have attended an induction event and have become members of the University community. This induction covered what their relevant pathway entails, how the assessment is structured, information on mentor requirements and safeguarding plus a University familiarisation session.

Over the past ten years, there have been many changes in employment law relating to working parents, and in April 2011 additional paternity leave and pay was introduced. Jacqui Mann reports that HR4 Nurseries has not seen a huge increase in requests for additional paternity leave, but says it is important that employers understand the key areas

As new students embark on a refreshed EYPS programme, Mary Evans finds out why the status is built to last

Local authorities will be funding 130,000 places for the 20 per cent least advantaged two-year-olds in 2013-2014, rising to 260,000 the year after. If providers across the private, voluntary, independent, schools and childminding sectors are to achieve these new targets, we may need to think beyond existing models of delivery, says James Hempsall.

Providing new places for two-year-olds does not always have to involve huge or even any capital investment.

When one of your employees asks for parental leave, do you know what they are entitled to? Here Jacqui Mann outlines the legal position

It's time to celebrate the achievements of this year's candidates who are about to graduate and also plan positively for the next programme, says Nikki Fairchild, EYP programme co-ordinator at the University of Chichester

Here we run an extract from the introduction of this timely publication which explores the viability of publicly supported childcare in the context of the rights of the child. A range of distinguished scholars come together to examine eight nations where childcare markets are the norm, while also scrutinising those countries where they are 'raw' and 'emerging'

Mary Evans finds out how nurseries will have to strengthen their approach to child protection in the first of a four-part series looking at key areas of change under the new requirements.