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From Cinderella to the 4th Emergency Service 

Who would have anticipated that a virus we had never heard of could be the last straw to the survival of the early years sector, already weakened by years of under-funding? June O' Sullivan, CEO of nursery group LEYF, on coronavirus challenges

Childcare isn’t working

We need an affordable and much simpler childcare support system, backed by employers, that helps all parents and carers into work

Scouting skills for life

The Scouts are piloting a scheme for the early years that will see four- and five-year-olds reap the benefits of the movement, says Matt Hyde

Inequality persists

A recent OECD report confirms that the UK needs to better support disadvantaged children in order to improve their prospects

Keep it Christmas!

Don't let Christmas be a stressful experience - for the sake of practitioners and children, says Chloe Webster of Pebbles Childcare

Our multilingual future

Is Brexit a threat, a challenge or an opportunity for the future of those nurseries fostering bilingual or plurilingual education in England?

Speaking with one voice

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

Childcare policy 20 years on

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.

Mind the drop!

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

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