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Take twos...using home-to-nursery learning bags

In line with the Tickell review recommendations, provision for two-year-olds will need to place strong emphasis on involving parents in their children's development. James Hempsall outlines the practical steps one nursery is taking to achieve this.

All in a day's work - mentoring

Giving practitioners time to talk during hectic times brings many rewards, say Nicola Bushell and Hayley Cannell, joint managers of Oakey Dokeys Pre-school, in Essex.

QuILT: Covering every aspect of quality

Judith Twani, independent early years consultant, trainer and early education improvement officer for Thurrock Council, explains how a modular quality assurance and improvement scheme is proving both versatile and enduring for a range of settings

In my view - Tiny brains under stress

Penelope Leach writes: My latest book, The Essential First Year, aims to empower parents to make decisions about their babies based on information rather than on hearsay, tradition or fashion. Within it, the topic that has attracted more attention than any other is 'controlled crying'.

Nursery Management: Poverty - Destined for failure?

Early years practitioners know that part of their job is reducing the disadvantage gap. But what do they really think of poor children? Dr Donald Simpson, who has led a two-year study into practitioners'perceptions of poverty, reports.

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