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'Shake up' or 'lost opportunity?' Opinions are divided on the Children and Families Bill and children with special educational needs, says Dr Katherine Runswick-Cole.
It's difficult to know where best to focus these words, since I am still reeling from so many of the misconceived suggestions in Elizabeth Truss's proposals.
Dr Katherine Runswick-Cole outlines some of the implications for settings of the Government's 'gay marriage' plans in the first of her new column on inclusive practice.
If an early years practitioner gains a higher level qualification, will she be effective in supporting more children?
Policymakers may need reminding that actions speak louder than words. The focus of the foundation years is on child development, proclaimed the Government in its document, 'Supporting Families in the Foundation Years'.
Let me introduce myself. I'm nasty and aggressive; a bit of an oddball, in fact. I'm cold, clinical, and uncommunicative.
The Olympics and Paralympics brought cheer to millions, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the pageantry of the opening ceremony and much of the sporting drama. But what are our priorities? Would we rather pay for entertainment, or support the life chances of several million children by improving the essential skills of communication and language?
Quality in childcare matters. High-quality provision imp- roves child development, school readiness and longer-term outcomes for children, from earning potential to life expectancy. Low-quality childcare can minimise the benefits, or even result in long-lasting negative effects, on development.
Fundamental change is on its way in the UK education system, with all schools, including primaries, able to apply for academy status, the door opened for parents and other groups to set up 'free' schools (News, page 4), and early years targets starting to be identified for cuts (News, page 6).
Do you fully understand the benefits of outdoor play? Do you know the full range of experiences that you should offer young children outdoors? I thought I did until talking to a nursery owner who champions outdoor play.
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