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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.

Editor's view - Wales the brave

The Welsh Government deserves plaudits for its bravery in implementing the play-based Foundation Phase for threeto seven-year-olds - radical indeed compared to the way that things are progressing in England.

A world-class system

We all know how important a child's first years are, but increasingly research is showing the full impact of those early experiences on our education and later lives.

Kicking it out

Jane Lane asks what lessons should be learned from the recent incidents of racism from football supporters

In loco parentis

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

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