The seventh NDNA Annual Nursery Survey has just been published, summarising the state of the sector in the view of nearly 500 nurseries across England.
The sector is approaching a watershed. Our business landscape is changing forever.
The Government is about to launch its ambitious scheme to double free childcare to 30 hours per week for three and four-year-olds of working parents.
This will create the need for much more capacity in nurseries and schools and with childminders and playgroups.
It seems like great news for everyone. More free childcare for hardworking parents, giving nurseries the chance to expand and take things to the next level.
But nursery bosses are holding back. They are too worried about funding levels to commit.