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The inspection system should deliver support not anxiety, argues Michael Pettavel

Assessment should be about making sure schools are doing their job properly, says Natalie Perera

Let's use our collective strength to talk to government about early years sector concerns, says Cheryl Hadland, founder of Tops Day Nurseries

Caroline Flint, who set up the first cross-party group for childcare, and was one of 101 Labour women MPs elected 20 years ago next month, reflects on the dramatic changes to early years policy since 1997.

It may sound strange, but we know very little about children’s physical activity (PA) in daycare and nurseries. How physically active are children really? What instigates PA?

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