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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.

Making space for play

Professor Cathy Nutbrown shows why, in the words of Comenius and Confucius, 'it is better to play than do nothing'.

Children's centres: Where next?

Lisa Harker, head of Strategy Unit, NSPCC, calls for children's centres services to be refocused on supporting children under the age of two

'Can't' rather than 'can do'?

Early Learning Consultancy's Helen Moylett and Nancy Stewart argue why children have been set up to fail by the new Early Learning Goals

Let's start at the beginning

Ignoring the importance of the early years creates a vicious circle where children are always the losers, says trainer Ann Vincent

Roots and shoots

As summer comes to an end, gardeners start preparing for winter: tidying fallen leaves, planting bulbs for the spring, and protecting some more delicate plants from anticipated frosts.

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