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More justification

The latest research into the benefits of the Sure Start programme backs up the positive points made in previous studies

The importance of Dad

How a programme in Blackpool is engaging fathers in order to improve child outcomes and support dads in their parental role

Explaining status

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

Time after time

Despite a recent Social Mobility Commission report and an IFS review under way, the inequality problem isn’t really being tackled

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

Language unlocks reading

Andrea Quincey is head of primary English at Oxford University Press, which has today published a policy report, Language unlocks reading, with the National Literacy Trust and the APPG on Literacy. This highlights the crucial link between children’s early language skills and life chances.

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

Quantity over quality

Government funding of the early years has risen over the past few decades, but could the money have been better spent?

Take back control

Assessing children against a framework intended to promote good practice doesn’t make sense – except, perhaps, to the Government

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