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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.

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

Childcare policy 20 years on

Caroline Flint, who set up the first cross-party group for childcare, and was one of 101 Labour women MPs elected 20 years ago next month, reflects on the dramatic changes to early years policy since 1997.

Children's centres: Where next?

Lisa Harker, head of Strategy Unit, NSPCC, calls for children's centres services to be refocused on supporting children under the age of two

'Can't' rather than 'can do'?

Early Learning Consultancy's Helen Moylett and Nancy Stewart argue why children have been set up to fail by the new Early Learning Goals

Let's start at the beginning

Ignoring the importance of the early years creates a vicious circle where children are always the losers, says trainer Ann Vincent

Actually, it does matter 

With the spotlight on protests around the world against racism, educators and the early years sector can be a force for change and make a lasting difference to how children view race, argues Laura Henry-Allain

Childcare isn’t working

We need an affordable and much simpler childcare support system, backed by employers, that helps all parents and carers into work

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

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