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Making space for play

Professor Cathy Nutbrown shows why, in the words of Comenius and Confucius, 'it is better to play than do nothing'.

Children's centres: Where next?

Lisa Harker, head of Strategy Unit, NSPCC, calls for children's centres services to be refocused on supporting children under the age of two

'Can't' rather than 'can do'?

Early Learning Consultancy's Helen Moylett and Nancy Stewart argue why children have been set up to fail by the new Early Learning Goals

Let's start at the beginning

Ignoring the importance of the early years creates a vicious circle where children are always the losers, says trainer Ann Vincent

Roots and shoots

As summer comes to an end, gardeners start preparing for winter: tidying fallen leaves, planting bulbs for the spring, and protecting some more delicate plants from anticipated frosts.

Editor's view - Wales the brave

The Welsh Government deserves plaudits for its bravery in implementing the play-based Foundation Phase for threeto seven-year-olds - radical indeed compared to the way that things are progressing in England.

Kicking it out

Jane Lane asks what lessons should be learned from the recent incidents of racism from football supporters

Editor's view - Red tape removal

There's no doubt that the raft of reforms announced as part of the Government's response to the 'Regulation of Childcare' consultation are a sincere attempt to make childcare more affordable and accessible.

Social exclusion

How can we exclude children before they've even reached the statutory age for education?, asks Sue Cowley

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