Editor's view

Liz Roberts, editor
Wednesday, May 2, 2007

For those professionals working in early years education and childcare, the past ten years since the Labour Government came to power have felt like a whirlwind of activity, initiatives and policies. Now you can see the proof that it really has been that hectic, with our four-page Special Report on the Tony Blair years (see pages 8-11). Our timeline charts what has happened month by month - the policies that are still rolling out, those that came and went, the progress that has been made and the areas that are yet to be tackled. Children's minister Beverley Hughes sets out the DfES point of view, while leading figures across the sector make their assessment of a decade of unprecedented change.

For those professionals working in early years education and childcare, the past ten years since the Labour Government came to power have felt like a whirlwind of activity, initiatives and policies. Now you can see the proof that it really has been that hectic, with our four-page Special Report on the Tony Blair years (see pages 8-11).

Our timeline charts what has happened month by month - the policies that are still rolling out, those that came and went, the progress that has been made and the areas that are yet to be tackled. Children's minister Beverley Hughes sets out the DfES point of view, while leading figures across the sector make their assessment of a decade of unprecedented change.

The upheaval is not over yet, by any means, with the Early Years Foundation Stage unveiled in the lead-up to its full launch in September 2008. Former Foundation Stage national director Lesley Staggs had much praise, but also some serious reservations about the structure and content of the EYFS, and she detailed these in her keynote speech given at the Manchester Early Years and Primary Teaching Exhibition last week (see News, page 4).

Nursery World will be focusing firmly on the Early Years Foundation Stage and its implementation as we move towards the launch, so make sure you that don't miss a single issue!

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