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Changing the mindset

As a caring profession, the early years sector can play a role in shifting priorities away from profit and towards well-being

Explaining status

For how much longer can we rely on the goodwill and vocation of early years professionals while paying them so poorly?

Changing the game

What do we know about the science behind learning through play in early childhood development? And how can we use it to move the field forward for all our children, asks Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, the 2019 LEGO Prize winner

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

Editor’s view - Critical remarks

As this issue of Nursery World goes to press, we’re still waiting to hear who will be taking on ministerial responsibilities for early years and childcare at the Department for Education.

Interview - Professor Frank Kelly

Professor Frank Kelly is based at King’s College London’s MRC-PHE (Medical Research Council-Public Health England) Centre for Environment and Health. A recent Swedish study has linked air pollution with mental illness in children.

Who works in childcare?

We need working conditions in the childcare sector to improve, for both staff and the children they care for, says Professor Helen Penn

Help for multiple births

Families with twins, triplets and more, require specialist advice and support, say the co-leads of a new centre dedicated to their care

Early years manifesto

In the run-up to the general election, our columnist Natalie Perera has some advice for the next Prime Minister.

Speaking with one voice

Let's use our collective strength to talk to government about early years sector concerns, says Cheryl Hadland, founder of Tops Day Nurseries

Childcare policy 20 years on

Caroline Flint, who set up the first cross-party group for childcare, and was one of 101 Labour women MPs elected 20 years ago next month, reflects on the dramatic changes to early years policy since 1997.

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