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One MP's recent comments recall the age-old debate about the 'care' and 'education' of young children, says Michael Pettavel

I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at the Northamptonshire Childminding Conference in September.

Michael Pettavel looks for insights into what it really means to be a 'professional'

You have probably been following the stories in the papers on Clarks*.

As children and parents get ready for 'real school', Michael Pettavel cautions against rushing into the future

Michael Pettavel, whose nursery school is in one of the areas piloting the 30 hours, wonders who the funded hours are really for

The general election has got me thinking about privilege, says Michael Pettavel

The inspection system should deliver support not anxiety, argues Michael Pettavel

What do policy makers mean when they talk about quality in the early years? Michael Pettavel examines the evidence

For young children with special educational needs and disabilities, there is a distinct Victorian feel to early years policy, says Michael Pettavel, in his first regular column