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The expansion of the free entitlement to disadvantaged two-year-olds is a welcome early intervention development, and a significant operational challenge. In this new column, James Hempsall examines how settings can meet the challenges in the offer, and shares examples of excellent practice.

The NDNA's online quality assurance scheme aims to maximise the potential of every individual to energise practice and keep it moving forward, as Mary Evans hears at the start of a new series.

While it's good to include a probationary period clause in your employment contract, you need to carry out performance reviews during that time, advises Jacqui Mann, managing director of HR4Nurseries

A small space has big possibilities for parents wanting to relax with their children at one nursery, as Karen Faux discovers.

Information gained from carrying out home visits showed that a significant number of children at Southwark Primary School Nursery in Nottingham are from one-parent families and some do not have a male role model at home or in their lives. With this in mind, nursery leader Pip Otter found a way to bring men into the nursery to benefit the children's learning.

The early years sector has only until 19 January to respond to the Department for Education's second consultation on proposed changes to some of the learning and development requirements in the EYFS.

Busy Bees, the UK's largest nursery group, has acquired Sussex-based Early Years Childcare.The deal consolidates further the group's position as the biggest provider of nursery places and early years settings.