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Why we need to be aware of ableism

Stephen Kilgour outlines why it is unfair to a child to label their needs as additional because they are neurodivergent, or have a physical disability. In line with this it is crucial that provision is adapted to meet the needs of each child, rather than making attempts to adapt the child.

‘Playing today to prepare for tomorrow’

Beatrice Merrick explains the thinking behind the recent Birth to 5 Matters Spring Festival which focused on key areas of practice including diversity and inclusion, sustainability, children’s rights and STEAM learning skills.

The early years sector and leadership apprenticeships

The apprentice levy can now support early years leaders with an enriched Level 5 and Level 7 programmes in Leadership. Gareth Alcott, director of strategic partnerships at the National College of Education, explores Leadership in Early Years.

Doing things differently in Denmark

LEYF's chief executive June O'Sullivan explains how the UK Government can learn from Denmark as a beacon of best practice with its flexible work culture and extensive, affordable childcare.

Exercise benefits all

The leaders of new guidance outline why regular physical activity is important for the health, wellbeing and confidence of disabled children

Early intervention is vital

The early years is the perfect time to intervene as it prevents problems becoming more serious, so investment in services is crucial now

Early years forgotten again

Where was the early years sector in the Government's White Paper on 'Levelling-Up'? Experts question the Government's decision to overlook the sector.

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