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You get what you pay for

It matters that the average early years practitioner is paid the same as a hairdresser and that nearly half rely on state benefits

'We all read to our children don't we?'

Professor Law and Dr Charlton stress the importance of parents reading to their children after their joint study confirmed the positive effect it has on language development.

Childcare isn’t working

We need an affordable and much simpler childcare support system, backed by employers, that helps all parents and carers into work

Early years FGM training essential to protect children

With estimates stating that 11 cases of Female Genital Mutilation are reported daily in the UK, Angie Marriott FGM expert, and consultant at The Training Hub, explains why training for early years professionals is essential in order to protect children.

Mind-reading for beginners

A parent's ability to tell when their baby finds something boring or funny - their 'mind-mindedness' - is a strong predictor of their child's early development, says Professor Elizabeth Meins

Trust children to lead

Some subjects can be a challenge to approach in the classroom, but are made easier by looking at them from children’s perspectives

Fighting over the scraps

When it comes to funding and positive action, the early years sector has received slim pickings from the Government in 2018

Scouting skills for life

The Scouts are piloting a scheme for the early years that will see four- and five-year-olds reap the benefits of the movement, says Matt Hyde

Inequality persists

A recent OECD report confirms that the UK needs to better support disadvantaged children in order to improve their prospects

Feeling overwhelmed

Too many statutory requirements mean we are busy demonstrating compliance rather than getting on with our real job

Happy doing nothing

We should resist putting screens in front of children, and instead encourage them to entertain – and think for – themselves

The evidence is building

Ahead of the Government’s spending review, it is spoilt for choice when it comes to research showing more must be spent – and where

Championing childhood

Sir Al Aynsley-Green argues that our approach to early years comes at a huge economic cost to individuals and society

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