We're seeing government and regulators place less and less emphasis on fostering children's emotional literacy and resilience, boosting social confidence and supporting their independence - all of which a play based-approach to learning delivers. These are vital to help children not only become school ready, but life ready, too.
It's not very often that I, or in fact anyone gets to say it, but thank goodness for a smidgen of common sense from an MP - namely, deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. His decision to perform a u-turn on the contentious issue of increasing childcare ratios - which would have been to the absolute detriment of children and the profession - comes as a massive sigh of relief.
I thought it might be a good time to share one of our team's "Day in the Life of..." blogs. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did, and I hope that it also highlights the positive experience that the right person, with the correct attitude, knowledge, experience and training, can bring to a child's day at nursery.
Taking a year off work to look after my two-year-old daughter was the best decision I have ever made. There is no way I can quantify how brilliant it is to spend all this time with a toddler who glows with joy all day. But six months in, we need to spend some time apart. Happily, the feeling is mutual.