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Why food support should start at school

Many children are not receiving the correct nutrition, as a direct result of household poverty, and school food packages play a key role in supporting a child’s health, explains Sajad Mahmood, chief executive of the international food charity Right.

How to close the gap in support for new fathers

The number of families experiencing mental health difficulties has risen during the pandemic, with one particular gap, the support for new fathers. Michela Biseo of the Anna Freud Centre shares some tips for early years settings

What's holding back children's services

Can dogged persistence and a desire to collaborate succeed in improving early childhood services in England and Wales? Ben Lewing believes it can and shares insights on the EIF’s recent work in local areas.

New ways to close the gap

We desperately need innovation for the early years so that we can close the ever-expanding advantage and development gaps, argues Ravi Gurumurthy of Nesta

New year’s resolutions

The early years sector needs to keep on fighting for proper funding and children’s rights in the face of entrenched indifference, says Michael Pettavel

No more excuses

Wales has introduced a Bill to abolish the ‘reasonable punishment’ defence for hitting a child – and the rest of the UK will hopefully follow

It’s all a bit of a muddle

Do parents stand a chance of doing the right thing for their children when Government and business seem intent on ruining their future?

Childcare isn’t working

We need an affordable and much simpler childcare support system, backed by employers, that helps all parents and carers into work

Championing childhood

Sir Al Aynsley-Green argues that our approach to early years comes at a huge economic cost to individuals and society

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