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A decade of decline

Ten years after the Marmot Review on health inequality and the Government is still ignoring evidence that investing early is best, says Natalie Perera

Who is your hero?

The young children we care for and educate help us to keep things in perspective in a world of distractions and information overload, says Michael Pettavel

Feeling overwhelmed by data

The wealth of information at our fingertips has its uses, but too much data and opinion can make us lose focus on what matters, says Michael Pettavel

Playing and learning

Practitioners must protect play’s central role in early years learning and development, and watch out for bad policy and practice, says early years expert Marjorie Ouvry

A working strategy

The success of the Graduate Leader Fund in boosting qualifications shows that evidence-based, long-term strategies can work, says Natalie Perera

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

New year’s resolutions

The early years sector needs to keep on fighting for proper funding and children’s rights in the face of entrenched indifference, 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

Mixed priorities

Our political parties need to put children, families and ‘life-long learning’ back at the centre of childcare policy

Mining the manifesto figures

We have been digging into the detail of manifesto pledges and were surprised to find that the party promising the least in terms of early years entitlements, costs the sector the most.

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