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Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has hit back at critics of the inspectorate’s ‘Bold Beginnings’ report.

The publication of Ofsted’s Reception year report ‘Bold Beginnings’ has been met with dismay by some teachers and early years experts, particularly those concerned about the push of more formal learning from Key Stage 1 into the EYFS.

Going to a museum will help children take an interest in things, and encouraging them to be collectors themselves will boost decision-making and confidence, writes Penny Tassoni

At the moment, Father Christmas will be topping children’s list of people to write to, but earlier in the year it was Arsenal Football Club and the Duchess of Cambridge for some, finds Annette Rawstrone

Communication, language and music are intrinsically linked, and it is important to understand this in the early years, writes Linda Pound

Kym Scott says that Ofsted risks taking the early years backwards

Early Excellence, the training and resources organisation, shares its first thoughts on Ofsted's Bold Beginnings report, arguing that there is much more to Reception than reading, writing and maths

We summarise the latest findings from the Government-funded Study of Early Education and Development (SEED).

Early Years settings, practitioners and schools are invited to enter this year’s Shine a Light Awards, which celebrate the achievements of those who support children’s speech, language and communication.

Northern Ireland and England have been ranked among the top ten countries in the world for reading and literacy.