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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

Dr Karen Wickett, lecturer in early childhood studies at Plymouth Institute of Education, says that children's need to adjust to school should not be forgotten

Let go, so that everyone can enjoy themselves, says Sue Cowley

Professor Cathy Nutbrown says let children look for their rainbows

Dr Jo Blanden, co-author of a new study on the free early years entitlement, weighs up the evidence

The Government's academy plans have left nursery schools in limbo, says Kathryn James

Replacing Baseline assessment with a 'school-readiness' check would not be a simple matter, warns Karen Wickett

Make the most of our variable climate, says Sue Cowley

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

Last week, the jostling between the early years sector and the Government about the introduction of the 30-hour free childcare policy turned rather rougher.