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Love is no longer all you need

Dr Peter Elfer says that developing the deep level knowledge and self-assurance to manage the complexity of contemporary early years practice requires study, not just 'love'.

Assessment of PD: something isn't adding up

How can 86 per cent of children achieve an ‘expected’ level for PD in the EYFS Profile when 90 per cent have woeful levels of physical activity, asks Dr Lala Manners, director, Active Matters

When education cares

Young children do not separate 'care' from 'learning' and neither should we, says Professor Cathy Nutbrown

All in all ... the pupil premium

Dr Katherine Runswick-Cole is a senior research fellow in disability studies and psychology, at the Research Institute for Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University.

All in all...gay marriage proposals

Dr Katherine Runswick-Cole outlines some of the implications for settings of the Government's 'gay marriage' plans in the first of her new column on inclusive practice.

To the Point - Squashing them in

Policymakers may need reminding that actions speak louder than words. The focus of the foundation years is on child development, proclaimed the Government in its document, 'Supporting Families in the Foundation Years'.

To the point - What really counts

The Olympics and Paralympics brought cheer to millions, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the pageantry of the opening ceremony and much of the sporting drama. But what are our priorities? Would we rather pay for entertainment, or support the life chances of several million children by improving the essential skills of communication and language?

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