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Natalie Perera looks at the detail behind the Government's much-quoted £6 billion childcare spending figure

What do policy makers mean when they talk about quality in the early years? Michael Pettavel examines the evidence

Relegating the Chief Medical Officers' physical activity guidelines to a footnote in the revised EYFS is a dereliction of duty, says Dr Lala Manners

Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, calls for action to stop the decline in childminder numbers

Dr Eunice Lumsden gives her views on the recent London School of Economics research, which found that graduates have little impact on children's outcomes

Following a study claiming that graduate staff and Ofsted Outstandings have little impact on children’s outcomes, a group of early years academics take issue with its methods

Parenting programmes, as evidenced by the recent Social Mobility Commission report, give parents vital skills and confidence, says Tom Rahilly of Save the Children

For young children with special educational needs and disabilities, there is a distinct Victorian feel to early years policy, says Michael Pettavel, in his first regular column

Our new regular columnist argues that the removal of some policies and introduction of others has led to fragmentation in the Government's early years strategy.

The Government needs to come clean to parents that 30 hours funding will force providers to charge for 'extra' services, says Neil Leitch, chief executive of Pre-school Learning Alliance