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How are the financial difficulties facing some families affecting early years settings, and what are they doing to help, asks Meredith Jones Russell

Sarah Fillingham, area manager of Portico Nursery Group, looks at the company's progress in supporting staff mental health and well-being.

A chance comment about ‘compassion fatigue’ led Angela Hodgkins, senior lecturer at the University of Worcester, to research the emotional impact of working in the early years. Here she sets out her findings

Toxic stress in childhood occurs when children face severe, prolonged or repeated adverse events without the support of a caregiver to help them develop a normal stress response.

Growing your own tomatoes is simple, and just a few plants will reward you with plenty of delicious tomatoes in the summer. There are all sizes and types to try, from cherry to stripy to beefsteak.

Dr Ronny Cheung, author of International Comparisons of Health and Wellbeing, talks to Meredith Jones Russell about the UK’s health outcomes for babies and young children

How doulas are providing valuable support to women in Bradford. By Meredith Jones Russell

Motivation to learn about the world begins in infancy and can be encouraged or suppressed by the experiences that adults provide.

Onions are easy to grow from baby onions, which are called sets. While you can buy seeds, sets are less prone to disease and more likely to provide good crops in poorer soils.

Some tips for parents on taking their child for their first dental appointment, and the wider developmental benefits of doing so. By Annette Rawstrone