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THINK TANK V THE PROFESSIONALS
Fundamental change is on its way in the UK education system, with all schools, including primaries, able to apply for academy status, the door opened for parents and other groups to set up 'free' schools (News, page 4), and early years targets starting to be identified for cuts (News, page 6).
LETTER OF THE WEEK
The rebranding of the department overseeing early years is sending worrying signals
LETTER OF THE WEEK - FREE FOR ALL?
Early years providers have had a lot of different issues to consider in the election campaign
None of the election contenders is clear on these funding issues
Reading the whole of the Code of Practice for Free Early Years Provision is enough to give anybody a headache - particularly, of course, if you are a private or voluntary sector setting or in a local authority!
It's been a good couple of weeks for childminding. The sun beamed down at last week's National Childminding Association election manifesto launch at the House of Commons terrace (see News, page 3). Happy MPs, sector dignitaries, childminders and children mingled by the river, not even needing their coats!
What parents want to know when they are shopping around for childcare settings is revealed by children's minister Dawn Primarolo.