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Feel the warm embrace of hygge

The Danish concept of hygge encompasses a sense of wellbeing and awareness based on the simple things in life. Author Kimberly Smith explains how she discovered its value and translated it into early years practice.

Ban wet wipe plastics

Fleur Anderson, the MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields is fighting to ban plastic in the 11 billion wet wipes used in the UK every year

Rethinking the system

The problems facing the early years sector are well known but seem far from being resolved – so perhaps we need a wholesale restructure, says Sarah Mackenzie

Why food support should start at school

Many children are not receiving the correct nutrition, as a direct result of household poverty, and school food packages play a key role in supporting a child’s health, explains Sajad Mahmood, chief executive of the international food charity Right.

Time to level all the way up

The Chancellor had some tough decisions to make in his Spending Review, but I am not convinced he placed every child at the heart of it by providing the real cost of investment.

Recovering through play

Access to free play outside should be a central part of efforts to help children recover from the Covid-19 pandemic

The single-parent trap

Lack of available suitable childcare, and the high cost of that which is accessible, are pushing single parents and their children into poverty says Victoria Benson

How to close the gap in support for new fathers

The number of families experiencing mental health difficulties has risen during the pandemic, with one particular gap, the support for new fathers. Michela Biseo of the Anna Freud Centre shares some tips for early years settings

‘We must do more for those who have least’

As the latest Sutton Trust report highlights the extent to which disadvantaged children are now being locked out of early years education, Brett Wigdortz, co-founder and CEO of tiney, urges policy makers to focus on solutions.

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