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Falling on deaf ears

It doesn’t make sense for policy-makers to consistently ignore the latest research about the early years when formulating strategy.

Everyone needs a PANCo

Following a stark warning about obesity from the outgoing CMO, all early years settings need physical activity and nutrition champions

A lot of election promise

Ahead of the next general election, pledges will likely be made about childcare, but will they have any substance?

Editor's view - Numbers game

It might be time to look again at the thorny subject of staff:child ratios, but the essential arguments haven't changed substantially

Promises, promises

In amongst the in-fighting, arguments and name-calling, there are political pledges that we need to think about

No quick fixes

Unhappy children need to be understood and supported, rather than their carers resorting to short-term solutions

Paying lip service

The Government needs to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to releasing more funds for the early years

Time to look and listen, Minister

Wendy Scott OBE, President of TACTYC, calls on the minister now in charge of early years, Nick Gibb, to pay attention to to the evidence on effective practice

INSTED not Ofsted…

A new campaign for a better nursery and schooling system is needed, argue Richard Brinton and Richard House

Why do we do it?

Amid all the doom and gloom, it is important to remember why we work in the early years and what we, and others, get out of it

Minister for change?

If the new children and families minister is interested in closing the disadvantage gap, she needs to overhaul the whole system

One small step is not enough!

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on A Fit and Healthy Childhood has given a cautious welcome to the Government’s long-awaited School Sport and Activity Action Plan.

Helping parents earlier

How a home-visiting programme could help prevent inequalities in child development and health by supporting families early on

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