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

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

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

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

Just like adults, children’s personal preoccupations and troubles, no matter how trivial they seem to us, can get the better of them

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

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

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

We sometimes need to take a step back, away from the politics, negativity and fear, in order to appreciate what matters most

The Government is making empty policy claims when it should let those in the early years decide how much, and where, money is spent, says Michael Pettavel

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