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The parent trap

We need a shift in the mindset of employers in the UK, so that flexible working is seen as the norm, not the exception, argues Sarah Jackson

It's not 'free', it's funded!

The Government needs to come clean to parents that 30 hours funding will force providers to charge for 'extra' services, says Neil Leitch, chief executive of Pre-school Learning Alliance

Counting the cost of early years funding shortfalls

As recent reports reveal ongoing problems with the underfunding of the 30 hours, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the biggest voluntary sector provider the Pre-school Learning Alliance, calls for Government action, as he explains why it has closed more than 20 settings

Looking forward from lockdown

Bertram nursery group CEO Cary Rankin gives his personal reflections on the ups and downs of emerging from lockdown and the ins and outs of working towards a successful future.

Scouting skills for life

The Scouts are piloting a scheme for the early years that will see four- and five-year-olds reap the benefits of the movement, says Matt Hyde

Time for action on men in childcare

With the proportion of men working in early years stuck at just two per cent, it's time for the Government to set recruitment targets to address the gender imbalance once and for all, says David Wright.

From Cinderella to the 4th Emergency Service 

Who would have anticipated that a virus we had never heard of could be the last straw to the survival of the early years sector, already weakened by years of under-funding? June O' Sullivan, CEO of nursery group LEYF, on coronavirus challenges

Funding - the hard facts

Pre-school Learning Alliance Chief Executive Neil Leitch says the Government must look at the evidence when revising free hours funding

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