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To the point - Strive for the best

A recent international study found that UK pre-school provision is among the best in the world (Starting Well, The Economist Intelligence Unit 2012), says Nancy Stewart

To the point: We need 'parental' leave

A debate has been running largely unnoticed in the mainstream media about the Government's plans to allow parents to share more of the leave currently allocated to mothers as maternity leave, say Nick Pearce.

To the point: We must aim high

'Narrowing the gap' has been a central focus of investment in early years, aimed at decreasing the divide in life chances between those children who are the haves and have-nots.

To the point - One way forward

In recent weeks we have seen two important announcements on childcare and early years learning: the final report of the Nutbrown Review of early learning and childcare qualifications and the establishment of a childcare commission. These are both welcome developments.

'Don't close the door to new recruits'

Raising the qualifications bar risks locking out some school leavers and young people, warns CACHE chief executive Richard Dorrance, in his response to the Nutbrown review.

Nutbrown Review: Not just a qualification!

Put young children first when responding to the final report from Nutbrown, says Chelle Davison, senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, chair of SEFDEY North East Region, and member of the expert panel for the Nutbrown Review

To the point - Prevention not cure

David Cameron's recent turn to domestic policy with his 'Can Parent' classes is to be welcomed. Repositioning parenting classes as support for all, rather than a penalty for 'poor parents' is a good first step to encourage uptake. The next will be to ensure the service reaches the vulnerable, as well as the proactive.

To the point: Today not tomorrow

A children's author serving on an official commission on childcare noticed that many subcommittees were busily making recommendations around a central problem: 'It was generally agreed that the country was full of the wrong sort of people. There were strong opinions about what constituted a desirable citizenry and what should be done to children to procure one for the future.'

To the point - Stand up for women

Ever heard of Laura Trott? Probably not. She isn't a household name. But she has a very important job - she's David Cameron's new special adviser on women.

To the point: Opt-outs ill-judged

At the same time that the principles of excellent early years practice have been reaffirmed in the revised EYFS, the Government is proposing to remove part of the sector from these requirements in a way that will not protect the entitlement of young children to the best provision that can be offered to them.

"It doesn't take GCSEs..."

"It doesn't take GCSE's or anything else to change nappies, just common sense" - comments on the Nutbrown Review. Julian Grenier gives his response on his latest blog

To the Point - The dangers of localism for Sure Start

The Department for Education has just published a consultation on statutory guidance for Sure Start Children's Centres. I strongly encourage all Nursery World readers to go online and give your own comments on the guidance by 1 June, says Naomi Eisenstadt.

To the point - Grandparents who juggle

The well-being of young children can only be truly gauged when we consider their relationships with the whole family. So we must examine the current changes to grandparenting and what they mean for grandchildren.

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