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Don't let assessment drive the curriculum

Getting the right balance between assessment and curriculum in the EYFS is tricky - but who said it was going to be easy? Dr Julian Grenier and Lydia Cuddy-Gibbs, head of early years at Ark, give their views

Editor's view - Keeping a high Profile

It is interesting to see that the arrival of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results has been greeted with rather more enthusiasm of late, now that the Baseline has begun for children at the start of Reception.

To the Point - Let the children play

With the introduction of a new ‘tougher’ curriculum in primary schools in 2014, teachers are under increasing pressure to get their children doing more, at an earlier age, says Sue Cowley.

Are we nearly there yet?

Nancy Stewart and Janet Moyles give a perspective from 40 years of TACTYC: Association for Professional Development in Early Years

When education cares

Young children do not separate 'care' from 'learning' and neither should we, says Professor Cathy Nutbrown

To the point - What really counts

The Olympics and Paralympics brought cheer to millions, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the pageantry of the opening ceremony and much of the sporting drama. But what are our priorities? Would we rather pay for entertainment, or support the life chances of several million children by improving the essential skills of communication and language?

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