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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.

Interview - Clare Stead and Laura Outhwaite

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  • Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Findings from a study on the effectiveness of the Oliiki app suggests it has ‘significant benefits’ on parental self-efficacy in the first 1,000 days of life. The research found that mums and dads who used the app over a four-week period had greater belief that they can be successful as a parent.

New ways to close the gap

We desperately need innovation for the early years so that we can close the ever-expanding advantage and development gaps, argues Ravi Gurumurthy of Nesta

No more excuses

Wales has introduced a Bill to abolish the ‘reasonable punishment’ defence for hitting a child – and the rest of the UK will hopefully follow

It’s all a bit of a muddle

Do parents stand a chance of doing the right thing for their children when Government and business seem intent on ruining their future?

Childcare isn’t working

We need an affordable and much simpler childcare support system, backed by employers, that helps all parents and carers into work

Championing childhood

Sir Al Aynsley-Green argues that our approach to early years comes at a huge economic cost to individuals and society

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

Helping kinship carers

We’re hearing more and more about the role grandparents are playing in children’s lives, but many are also full-time carers for their children, says Lucy Peake

Early years benefits all

It's clear that nurseries and childminders benefit the majority of children, regardless of background,says Professor Edward Melhuish, lead author of the latest SEED research

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