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Physical reality

The experiences of a child in early years are critical for their future, says Jan Dubiel

Readiness for what?

Replacing Baseline assessment with a 'school-readiness' check would not be a simple matter, warns Karen Wickett

Editor's view - Tablets of stone?

Debate about the role of ICT in the early years is surely some of the most polarised around, as our head-to-head between Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith and Dr Richard House shows (see pages 14-16).

Making space for play

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

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.

Editor's view - The going rate

The new financial year is just about to start, and nurseries are hearing from local authorities about the new rates for the 15-hour funded places for three and four-year-olds.

Re-examine the baseline

How, why and when we should assess young children's learning is once more a matter for debate in English policy.

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