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Politicians of all parties sign up to the goal of social mobility. John Major wanted a classless society. Tony Blair aspired to a meritocracy. Today Nick Clegg declares that increasing social mobility is the overriding ambition of the UK Coalition Government.

Nurturing babies by nurturing those who care for them

By June O'Sullivan, chief executive of London Early Years Foundation

Here is a league table that matters more than most.

2012 promises to be a challenging but rewarding year for the early years sector. I am committed to working with you and to bringing about changes that will have a lasting impact on children and their families.

Warning to parents - get to nursery on time or your 'free place' might cost you quite a bit!

It is astonishing that the unrealistic writing targets in the EYFS haven't been amended, says Sue Palmer

A Critical Commentary on Reforming the Early Years Foundation Stage (the EYFS): Government Response to Consultation (publ. 20 Dec 2011)

The tricky position of reception classes in the Early Years Foundation Stage has been highlighted again in the Government's response to the EYFS consultation and in news from Sutton, where the local authority wants to increase reception class sizes to 32.

So now we have it: the Government has abandoned the target of eradicating child poverty by 2020.

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