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Early years manifesto

In the run-up to the general election, our columnist Natalie Perera has some advice for the next Prime Minister.

Foundations for change

At a recent Lobby Day in Parliament, early years providers voiced their concerns to those with the power to correct current policies

Money problems

With funding on everyone's mind, important issues end up taking a back seat, says Michael Pettavel

It’s how you spend it

Yet more evidence shows that investment in education is best started in the early years and maintained throughout childhood

It's not 'free', it's funded!

The Government needs to come clean to parents that 30 hours funding will force providers to charge for 'extra' services, says Neil Leitch, chief executive of Pre-school Learning Alliance

Count to ten...

Steve Taylor, owner of Winchcombe Farm Day Nursery in Warwickshire sets out 10 facts that parents need to know about 30 hours 'free' childcare

Editor’s view - At this rate!

Pressure is building for change as the continued underfunding of ‘free’ childcare takes an ever greater toll on the early years sector, says Liz Roberts

Counting the cost of early years funding shortfalls

As recent reports reveal ongoing problems with the underfunding of the 30 hours, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the biggest voluntary sector provider the Pre-school Learning Alliance, calls for Government action, as he explains why it has closed more than 20 settings

Quantity over quality

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

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