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How can we improve transition into primary school?

Transition from the EYFS to Key Stage1 remains shrouded by conflicting messages and expectations. Julie Fisher calls for policymakers and school leaders to recognise the importance of play-based pedagogy in ensuring the best start to primary school

EYFS guidance - Better together

The revised Development Matters has strengths and weaknesses, and continued discussion is needed, write Prof Kathy Sylva, Prof Iram Siraj and Dr Sandra Mathers

Playing and learning

Practitioners must protect play’s central role in early years learning and development, and watch out for bad policy and practice, says early years expert Marjorie Ouvry

Literacy and play for all

The developmental importance of play needs to be recognised beyond the EYFS and into children’s subsequent years at school

What matters most

While the new Early Learning Goals have been met with criticism from many in the early years sector, Mark Lehain explains why he thinks they are an improvement and a step in the right direction

A school waiting room?

From the 30 hours to Bold Beginnings to a new Baseline pilot, the DfE is consistently ignoring our sector’s concerns, says Sue Cowley

Let’s find a new vision

It’s time to create a new curriculum and early years system that better cater to today’s children, writes Professor Iram Siraj

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