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We know early years education suffers from a pay problem, but just how does this affect practitioners’ ability to afford to lead ‘normal’ lives? Hannah Crown has these shocking findings from our exclusive survey

Nursery World and National Day Nurseries Association join forces for a behind-the-scenes column

We know that 70 per cent of all poor children are in working families. So how easy is it for these families to access childcare? Charlotte Goddard investigates

Hannah Crown and Katy Morton speak to the chair of the education and childcare route panel, Mary Isherwood, about the progress of apprenticeship standards currently being developed at Levels 2, 5 and 6

This year hundreds of thousands of children around the world have gone on ‘strike’ over the future of the planet as the issue becomes increasingly critical. Should young children be getting involved? By Amy Fallon

The Characteristics of Effective Learning aren’t just central to children’s development, but are also key to improving staff performance, argues Pennie Akehurst

Nursery World and National Day Nurseries Association join forces for a behind-the-scenes column

A swathe of new big policy documents are hitting the early years sector from September, starting with the new inspection framework. Hannah Crown has a handy summary of what is happening and when

The new baseline assessment programme is being trialled by schools from September. Charlotte Goddard examines what it involves and the concerns surrounding it

How much childcare is available for mothers who work full-time? Pamela Calder, former chair of the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network and who campaigned in the 70s for better access to childcare, asks whether things have improved