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Jackie Musgrave explains how using the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network to submit papers can enhance students’ professional development

What characteristics are required for those working in the early years? Verity Campbell-Barr sets out the findings of her research on the subject

We know that pay and prestige are a problem for early years staff in the UK, but how does the workforce fare in other countries? Meredith Jones Russell investigates

Environment has a major effect on well-being, say Anthony Boulanger and Yeoryia Manolopoulou, directors of AY Architects, who offer some advice to those planning to build or refurbish a setting

Four years after the first employer ‘trailblazer’ group was formed, the new Level 3 apprenticeship standard has finally been approved. Charlotte Goddard reports

Job-shadowing in settings both at home and abroad can be a great way to share best practice, reflect on one’s own way of doing things and encourage CPD. Annette Rawstrone reports

The Integrated Review has received a mixed response from settings in terms of the effectiveness of its impact on identifying developmental problems early. Charlotte Goddard reports

The benefits of messy play are well known to practitioners, but many parents are still wary of it for a number of reasons, reports Julie Mountain, who carried out a survey on the subject

Have the Education, Health and Care plans achieved their aim of ensuring that children with SEND receive the right support from all agencies early? Karen Faux investigates

The volume of plastic now littering the environment has provoked widespread realisation that our consumer habits need to change. Meredith Jones Russell reports on the settings leading the way