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Children's centres: Why are inspection grades suffering?

The latest Ofsted results for children's centres suggest that performance is poor in comparison to other types of childcare provision. Gabriella Jozwiak investigates the facts behind the figures.



Interview: Marian Quinn

Chairperson of the Association of Childhood Professionals (ACP), a voluntary organisation for the early...


Interview: Anand Shukla, chief executive of the Family and Childcare Trust

Anand Shukla is leaving in February to lead Brightside, a young people's education and mentoring charity...


Interview: Juliet Clark

Early years leader at Robert Mellors Primary and Nursery School in Nottinghamshire.

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Why cuts won't strengthen children's centre provision

Natalie Merritt calls on her council to build on quality services, not throw them away


Rising to the challenge: providing a strong start

In the six months since my appointment as childcare and education minister I have seen many examples...

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