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Rosamund Adoo Kissi Debrah: Act now for cleaner air

Air pollution can cause asthma and other potentially fatal conditions, but many parents are not aware of their children’s exposure to it, says Rosamund Adoo Kissi Debrah, WHO BreatheLife ambassador and founder of the Ella Roberta Family Foundation

Let’s radically rethink education

The Montessori approach naturally offers 'elegant solutions' to the many issues raised by The Times Education Commission, published this week says Louise Livingston, head of training at the Maria Montessori Institute

Why physical activity in the early years is so vital

A free course, a finalist in the Nursery World Awards 2021, aims to train early years practitioners to boost young children's physical development. Dr Jackie Musgrave of the Open University, who helped design it, explains the thinking behind it

'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?

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