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The early years sector needs to let politicians know what they want from any government.

By Ian McLaughlan, chief executive of the Scottish Pre-school Play Association (SPPA).

As someone in childcare for 20 years, a qualified teacher and mother of a child who started school at four years and two weeks - ie, an August-born child - I am resolutely against four-year-olds in school. Why put the children through so many changes?

Most settings think Ofsted inspections are difficult enough already.

Action for Children's recent analysis of cross-party politics relating to children and young people had some astounding results.

School-entry proposals are not in children's interests, says Julian Grenier.

Some of the achievements made in 2008 and ambitions for the future are reviewed by children's minister Beverley Hughes.


So, 2009 has arrived, and with it comes the realisation that it could be a very tough year all round.

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