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No quick fixes

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

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

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

Literacy and play for all

The developmental importance of play needs to be recognised beyond the EYFS and into children’s subsequent years at school

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

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

One year on…

The Bercow: Ten Years On report revealed some good progress, but we need to keep the momentum going to help children with SLCN, says Bob Reitemeier

In the same boat

Extra funding for nursery schools should not divide an early years sector united by inadequate pay, status and Government vision

A Sure sign

The recent 20th anniversary of Sure Start, which evolved into Children’s Centres, is a reminder of what we are at risk of losing

An unequal entitlement

The 30 hours policy is widening the gap between children with SEND and their peers, argue Ivana La Valle and Eva Lloyd

School of thought

The Government’s well-received strategy on school teacher recruitment shows what could be achieved if it made the same effort with early years

It’s all a bit of a muddle

Do parents stand a chance of doing the right thing for their children when Government and business seem intent on ruining their future?

A global opportunity

Graham Stuart MP explains how the Government is helping UK nurseries take advantage of foreign interest in our early years sector

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