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Early years manifesto

In the run-up to the general election, our columnist Natalie Perera has some advice for the next Prime Minister.

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

Childcare policy 20 years on

Caroline Flint, who set up the first cross-party group for childcare, and was one of 101 Labour women MPs elected 20 years ago next month, reflects on the dramatic changes to early years policy since 1997.

Early years FGM training essential to protect children

With estimates stating that 11 cases of Female Genital Mutilation are reported daily in the UK, Angie Marriott FGM expert, and consultant at The Training Hub, explains why training for early years professionals is essential in order to protect children.

Editor’s view - Divided we fall

There are lots of aspects of the current set of challenges for the early years sector that are of great concern, as many of our recent stories and features online and in the magazine illustrate.

In it for the long haul

Thinking back to my early parenting experiences, one of the hardest parts was the first time I left my children at an early years setting.

Happy doing nothing

We should resist putting screens in front of children, and instead encourage them to entertain – and think for – themselves

Downward trend

The Government focus on skewing funded childcare towards working parents means those most in need are missing out

Splitting headache!

One MP's recent comments recall the age-old debate about the 'care' and 'education' of young children, says Michael Pettavel

Editor’s view - The full picture

Professor Cathy Nutbrown’s review of early years and childcare qualfications in 2012 found 445 available, of which 223 were deemed full and relevant.

Working partnerships

To do the best for the children in our care, it is crucial to develop strong partnerships with their parents or carers.

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