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Childminder agencies are being rushed in despite fundamental flaws, argues Neil Leitch

The Early Years Teacher standards have a vital role in shaping the nature of the work that early years teachers will undertake and the training towards meeting those standards.

Ofsted's Michael Wilshaw has betrayed a fundamental ignorance of both early years and the noxious side effects of a testing culture, argues Dr Richard House

Education and Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss gives the Government's view of the importance of the two-year-olds programme

Perhaps Liz Truss could persuade the Treasury to adopt a novel form of quantitative easing, argues Ross Midgley - just print more children.

Neil Leitch finds elements of practice to question on a visit to French nurseries

Like nursing, early years is a profession that demands compassion, says Dr Geoff Taggart

The on-going controversy over Government early years policy hit the national headlines once again last week, when the Daily Mail published an interview with education and childcare minister Elizabeth Truss in which she launched a scathing attack on the childcare sector

Those who lived through the bleak days of the Woodhead/Blunkett Education regime of the late 1990s scarcely imagined that early-years policy-making could be any more Dark-Aged, but in this respect the current Wilshaw/Gove regime is breaking all previous records.

Childcare will be one of the key issues at the next election. With working parents feeling their incomes squeezed, many mums and dads are rightly asking why the Government isn't helping them to be better off back in work.