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New ways to close the gap

We desperately need innovation for the early years so that we can close the ever-expanding advantage and development gaps, argues Ravi Gurumurthy of Nesta

A question of trust

Current early years policies betray a lack of understanding of very young children's needs, argues Pre-School Learning Alliance chief executive Neil Leitch

Early years benefits all

It's clear that nurseries and childminders benefit the majority of children, regardless of background,says Professor Edward Melhuish, lead author of the latest SEED research

A school waiting room?

From the 30 hours to Bold Beginnings to a new Baseline pilot, the DfE is consistently ignoring our sector’s concerns, says Sue Cowley

'We all read to our children don't we?'

Professor Law and Dr Charlton stress the importance of parents reading to their children after their joint study confirmed the positive effect it has on language development.

Risking it all

I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at the Northamptonshire Childminding Conference in September.

'Discover the power of play'

As we move towards the ‘new normal’, National Play Week (from 21 June) provides an opportunity to raise the profile of play and place it at the heart of our practice, says Early Years Alliance chief executive Neil Leitch.

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