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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

A change for the better?

Our new regular columnist looks at the inevitability of change and asks if we should try to use it in the early years as an opportunity

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.

Give yourself some time

After 18 months of pandemic and other work-related stresses, many of us would benefit by stepping back from the coalface for a while, says Michael Pettavel

First step on the ladder

The Kickstart scheme gives young unemployed people a chance to experience working in childcare, and has value for providers as well, says Deborah Callway

What's holding back children's services

Can dogged persistence and a desire to collaborate succeed in improving early childhood services in England and Wales? Ben Lewing believes it can and shares insights on the EIF’s recent work in local areas.

Early years aid must rise

Sarah Brown, chair of Theirworld, and Dr Pauline Rose call on international aid donors to increase their investment in pre-primary education in the poorest countries

A death in the family

Based in south-west London, nanny Keziah cares for a boy aged ten and a girl aged eight, recently supporting the family through the loss of their mum

‘I appreciate every lesson I’ve learnt’

Early years teacher trainee Mary McAleese explains the joys and challenges of practice, how she has increasing respect for her fellow practitioners and why, for her, the dimension of university study is so important.

Investing in the future

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on why the capital is continuing to support the city’s childcare providers.

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