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The state of care in challenging times

We all deserve to live and grow in a world where we can experience kindness and wise care - especially now, says Kathy Goouch, emeritus professor at Canterbury Christ Church University

To the Point - Let the children play

With the introduction of a new ‘tougher’ curriculum in primary schools in 2014, teachers are under increasing pressure to get their children doing more, at an earlier age, says Sue Cowley.

Are we nearly there yet?

Nancy Stewart and Janet Moyles give a perspective from 40 years of TACTYC: Association for Professional Development in Early Years

When education cares

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

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?

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.

Nursery Equipment: Editor's view

Do you fully understand the benefits of outdoor play? Do you know the full range of experiences that you should offer young children outdoors? I thought I did until talking to a nursery owner who champions outdoor play.

Keep it Christmas!

Don't let Christmas be a stressful experience - for the sake of practitioners and children, says Chloe Webster of Pebbles Childcare

Natural growth

There's no point in measuring children too often or too soon, says Professor Cathy Nutbrown

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'.

To the point - No easy way to quality

Quality in childcare matters. High-quality provision imp- roves child development, school readiness and longer-term outcomes for children, from earning potential to life expectancy. Low-quality childcare can minimise the benefits, or even result in long-lasting negative effects, on development.

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