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The Government fails to understand the complex relationship between early years settings and ratios, Sue Cowley writes.
One of the joys of helping to run a pre-school is seeing the children connect with the natural world, says Sue Cowley
How can we exclude children before they've even reached the statutory age for education?, asks Sue Cowley
To do the best for the children in our care, it is crucial to develop strong partnerships with their parents or carers.
The early years sector has proved great at standing up and standing together, says Sue Cowley
Sue Cowley asks what summer-born children need
On the face of it, the Government's policy of increasing 'free' childcare to 30 hours a week seems like a jolly good idea.
While childcare may no longer be seen as 'women's work', there are still far too few men in the sector, says Sue Cowley.
Sue Cowley argues that play is the key.
In an essay published in 1893, educational reformer and philosopher John Dewey said we should 'cease conceiving of education as mere preparation for later life, and make it the full meaning of the present life'.