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Research indicates that babies' apparently random wrigglings and blank stares are, in fact, part of a deliberate attempt to understand the world outside the womb and identify caring human beings within it.

Play daysJob opportunities are opening up for playworkers, as 60,000 new staff will be needed over the next five years for expanding out-of-school provision. Anne Longfield, chief executive of the Kids Clubs Network, the national charity which promotes and supports out-of-school childcare, reports that there are more than 5,000 kids clubs in the UK at present and estimates that in five years time there will be around 20,000

Net benefits By Alison Moore

Claims for the regrading of nursery nurses and classroom assistants are being submitted to local authorities in England by trade union Unison.

The National Early Years Network has its roots well and truly in the voluntary sector. Originally called the Voluntary Organisations Liaison Council for Under Fives (VOLCUF), it was set up in 1978 by Lady Plowden, well known for her report on primary education in the 1960s and as chairman of the Independent Broadcasting Authority. It wasn't until 1995 that VOLCUF changed its name to the National Early Years Network, and Lady Plowden is its Life President.

Is there a recruitment crisis in childcare, and if so, why?No, but to help people balance their work and family life, we want to recruit thousands more childcare workers. That's why we've launched the National Childcare Strategy. Its aim is to provide high-quality childcare, which all parents can afford, for up to one million children over the next three years.

When a successful British nursery chain was sold to a US firm it set others in the sector wondering who might be next. Annette Rawstrone investigates

Six areas of learning form the content of the QCA's foundation stage curriculum, and these link directly to the six sets of Early Learning Goals. It would be understandable, therefore, for practitioners to take this model at face value and translate it directly into a six-part programme for the children to follow, especially if these are the areas to be scrutinised by the new Ofsted inspectorate.

With subsidised fees, community nurseries are able to make childcare more accessible. But they need secure funding, says Anne Wiltsher

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