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Speaking with one voice

Let's use our collective strength to talk to government about early years sector concerns, says Cheryl Hadland, founder of Tops Day Nurseries

To the point: Opt-outs ill-judged

At the same time that the principles of excellent early years practice have been reaffirmed in the revised EYFS, the Government is proposing to remove part of the sector from these requirements in a way that will not protect the entitlement of young children to the best provision that can be offered to them.

To the point - Strive for the best

A recent international study found that UK pre-school provision is among the best in the world (Starting Well, The Economist Intelligence Unit 2012), says Nancy Stewart

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

'Work with us on 30 hours'

Sam Gyimah, minister for education and childcare, argues that the early years sector needs to get behind the 30 hours free childcare policy

Time for action on men in childcare

With the proportion of men working in early years stuck at just two per cent, it's time for the Government to set recruitment targets to address the gender imbalance once and for all, says David Wright.

From Cinderella to the 4th Emergency Service 

Who would have anticipated that a virus we had never heard of could be the last straw to the survival of the early years sector, already weakened by years of under-funding? June O' Sullivan, CEO of nursery group LEYF, on coronavirus challenges

Why Elizabeth Truss has got it wrong on ratios

Julie Lightley, owner of The Village Nursery in Trafford Park, explains why she feels Elizabeth Truss is insulting the sector by advocating that ratios can be reduced by employing highly qualified staff

A final farewell to our pre-school

Following the recent closure of Kirkgate Pre-School in Cumbria, former staff member Emmie Short remembers what made the setting so special, and explains why it was forced to shut down

Nutbrown Review: Not just a qualification!

Put young children first when responding to the final report from Nutbrown, says Chelle Davison, senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, chair of SEFDEY North East Region, and member of the expert panel for the Nutbrown Review

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