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From Cinderella to the 4th Emergency Service 

Who would have anticipated that a virus we had never heard of could be the last straw to the survival of the early years sector, already weakened by years of under-funding? June O' Sullivan, CEO of nursery group LEYF, on coronavirus challenges

Scouting skills for life

The Scouts are piloting a scheme for the early years that will see four- and five-year-olds reap the benefits of the movement, says Matt Hyde

Speaking with one voice

Let's use our collective strength to talk to government about early years sector concerns, says Cheryl Hadland, founder of Tops Day Nurseries

A final farewell to our pre-school

Following the recent closure of Kirkgate Pre-School in Cumbria, former staff member Emmie Short remembers what made the setting so special, and explains why it was forced to shut down

'Work with us on 30 hours'

Sam Gyimah, minister for education and childcare, argues that the early years sector needs to get behind the 30 hours free childcare policy

Time for action on men in childcare

With the proportion of men working in early years stuck at just two per cent, it's time for the Government to set recruitment targets to address the gender imbalance once and for all, says David Wright.

Why Elizabeth Truss has got it wrong on ratios

Julie Lightley, owner of The Village Nursery in Trafford Park, explains why she feels Elizabeth Truss is insulting the sector by advocating that ratios can be reduced by employing highly qualified staff

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