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'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.

Catching up to what?

Education is not a race, and children need quality time invested in them, says our columnist Michael Pettavel

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

Children’s choice

Gender stereotyping needs to be tackled, but we shouldn’t take choice away from children in the process

Changing the game

What do we know about the science behind learning through play in early childhood development? And how can we use it to move the field forward for all our children, asks Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, the 2019 LEGO Prize winner

Going to pot

Why did a news story about toilet training lead to a deluge of anger and emotion from both practitioners and parents?

It’s all a bit of a muddle

Do parents stand a chance of doing the right thing for their children when Government and business seem intent on ruining their future?

Not a different species

Just like adults, children’s personal preoccupations and troubles, no matter how trivial they seem to us, can get the better of them

'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.

Mind-reading for beginners

A parent's ability to tell when their baby finds something boring or funny - their 'mind-mindedness' - is a strong predictor of their child's early development, says Professor Elizabeth Meins

Championing childhood

Sir Al Aynsley-Green argues that our approach to early years comes at a huge economic cost to individuals and society

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

Friends indeed

For young children, friendships help them to blossom in nursery and can encourage them in their later transition to school

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