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While many are calling for EYFS guidance to be updated, others believe now is not the right time to do so. Annette Rawstrone unpicks the arguments from sector experts

Intergenerational co-location is the way forward in developing early years practice to meet the needs of young children and the elderly today. Lorraine George explains why

Feeding, dressing and nappy changing support learning and development, explains Penny Tassoni

Around 7,000 more two-year-olds will become eligible for a funded early education place under plans confirmed by education minister Nadhim Zahawi.

Effective literacy teaching involves much more than synthetic phonics, explains Annette Rawstrone

Early years practitioners need to see learning – particularly in mathematics – not as abstract and ‘disembodied’ but as inherently concrete and ‘embodied’. Dr Jennifer S Thom explains why

Action research might sound like the last thing that time-pressed practitioners will want to do, but it is a really useful tool to demonstrate the improving quality of your practice, finds Dr Kay Mathieson

How does the ability to form and retrieve memories develop in children, why is it important to early learning, and how can adults help to stimulate it? Anne O’Connor reports

What children’s rights are legally, and how they should be promoted. By Professor Priscilla Alderson

Exposure to stress and abuse as a child directly affects how that child will go on to parent their own children, explains psychotherapist Robin Balbernie