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A further 600,000 has been pledged by the Children's Workforce Development Council to help playworkers develop their skills through Level 3 qualifications.

A nursery owner has launched a campaign for private daycare settings to be able to register as zero VAT rated, which would enable them to claim back the taxes that they pay on goods and services.

Nottingham-based nursery group Alphabet House Day Nurseries has rescued a West Bridgford nursery faced with closure.

Up to 80m will be available to fund full and part-time schooling and free full-time early years places for four-year-olds, in plans for parents of summer-born children to have greater flexibility over choosing when their child starts school.

Two-year-old Daniel Lee came with his parents Tracey and Scott to No.11 Downing Street last week and met Maggie Darling, wife of Chancellor Alistair Darling, at the awards ceremony for the winners of the Daycare Trust's Chancellor's Christmas Card competition.

Medical experts have joined forces to campaign for an end to the detention of children awaiting deportation, calling it a 'terrifying experience', which can harm their physical and mental health.

Private and voluntary sector nurseries are more vulnerable to closure in the current economic climate now that the Early Years Single Funding Formula has been delayed by a year, the National Day Nurseries Association has warned.

The extent to which different areas are ready to implement the EYSFF was evident from local authorities who told MPs about its impact.

The controversial Vetting and Barring scheme is to be relaxed so that only adults who work with children once a week or more will need to register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

Nursery World is looking ahead to 2010 and asking the early years workforce to fill in our survey about the challenges of what is sure to be an eventful year.