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Why hasn't signing up to the new Ofsted voluntary childcare register been made more attractive to nannies? Simon Vevers investigates.

The Government last week launched a raft of new goals and commitments covering children from infancy to adulthood. Ruth Thomson outlines the points in an ambitious agenda for the next two to 12 years.

Members of the Open Eye core steering group Margaret Edgington, Richard House and Lynne Oldfield explain why they want the Government to pull back from the EYFS before its imminent implementation.

With the cost of registering as a childcarer set to soar in new plans by Ofsted, will providers be able to stay in business while charging fees that parents can afford? Laura Marcus considers the outlook across the sector

Children ought to be seen and heard playing in public places, an expert study urges. Play sector figures talk to Mary Evans about the implications for society.

'By making the education and care of young children a top priority for public spending, New Zealand has joined that select group of nations which can offer high-quality, affordable childcare for all.

To improve the quality of early years care and education, the New Zealand government is starting with an ambitious plan to raise the qualifications of the workforce. Annette Rawstrone hears about its progress.

The national campaign to improve children's literacy skills starts at home, with the parents. Karen Faux looks at what's being done in different communities to reach out to families.

Being inspected on their use of the EYFS presents a new challenge for childminders, says Simon Vevers.

Current levels of childhood obesity could lead to the first cut in life expectancy for 200 years, according to experts, who warn that without direct action, a generation of children will predecease their parents. Mary Evans reports.

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