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A final farewell to our pre-school

Following the recent closure of Kirkgate Pre-School in Cumbria, former staff member Emmie Short remembers what made the setting so special, and explains why it was forced to shut down

Readiness for what?

Replacing Baseline assessment with a 'school-readiness' check would not be a simple matter, warns Karen Wickett

'Work with us on 30 hours'

Sam Gyimah, minister for education and childcare, argues that the early years sector needs to get behind the 30 hours free childcare policy

Time for action on men in childcare

With the proportion of men working in early years stuck at just two per cent, it's time for the Government to set recruitment targets to address the gender imbalance once and for all, says David Wright.

Social exclusion

How can we exclude children before they've even reached the statutory age for education?, asks Sue Cowley

Natural growth

There's no point in measuring children too often or too soon, says Professor Cathy Nutbrown

A united voice

The early years sector has proved great at standing up and standing together, says Sue Cowley

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.

Play is back! Long live play!

While there was a lot to celebrate in Ofsted's annual early years report, Sir Michael Wilshaw's drive for more of the poorest twos in schools is more of a challenge, says Penny Tassoni

Progress, or problem?

On the face of it, the Government's policy of increasing 'free' childcare to 30 hours a week seems like a jolly good idea.

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