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Working partnerships

To do the best for the children in our care, it is crucial to develop strong partnerships with their parents or carers.

Be the change

On Friday 11 September, I was reminded of events 14 years ago when two planes crashed into the World Trade Centre in New York.

To The Point - Fighting for a better future

Over the past few months it has felt as though childcare issues have dominated the political age- nda. As welcome as this has been, the reality is that childcare has always dominated the lives of almost every working parent in this country.

'This little piggy...'

With the election just weeks away, Professor Cathy Nutbrown urges politicians to see childcare as an essential service for the common good.

In loco parentis

When I was young, it was the accepted norm that children were parented at home, and educated at school.

Taking the trouble

The Troubled Families programme needs to work with early years practitioners and organisations, says Maureen Longley of Interface Enterprises

Gathering evidence on the impact of policy

Decisions about childcare affect thousands of families on a daily basis. We know from a whole range of surveys that parents struggle with decisions about childcare for reasons of affordability, availability and quality.

Editor's view - Rethinking the balance

This month's Working Mum column gives a real insight into the continuing problems that parents face in trying to arrange childcare - in this instance, out-of-school provision for her elder daughter who starts reception next term.

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