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If the new children and families minister is interested in closing the disadvantage gap, she needs to overhaul the whole system

Amid all the doom and gloom, it is important to remember why we work in the early years and what we, and others, get out of it

Nurseries should be considered 'educational establishments' in law, in line with schools, argues NDNA chief executive Purnima Tanuku

In her new book Professor Pat Preedy, with co-authors Kay Sanderson and Sir Christopher Ball, call for a new birth to seven curriculum and the scrapping of the EYFS profile

One in five children start Reception overweight or obese and over 45,000 children are admitted to hospital every year with tooth decay - we all know the facts and figures but what can early years practitioners do about it?

In Ireland there is a recruitment crisis, but qualification requirements are not to blame - it's all about low pay, says Dr Moloney.

Cary Rankin talks about Bertram Nursery Group's experience of the 30-hours.

Extra free childcare hours – music to the ears of parents up and down the country, but recruitment challenges mean the delivery might not be so straightforward, warns Ms Gray.

If Ireland's delayed Affordable Childcare scheme is to become a reality, government must be willing to invest more now and into the future, says Teresa Heeney.

In the run-up to the general election, our columnist Natalie Perera has some advice for the next Prime Minister.