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We should remember past mistakes in early years policy when trying to move forward or our youngest children will be in inappropriate environments, say Karen Wickett and Dr Verity Campbell Barr, lecturers in Early Childhood Studies at Plymouth University

The agencies being introduced by the Children and Families Bill will support great childminders and encourage more to enter the profession, says Education Minister Elizabeth Truss

Pre-School Learning Alliance chief executive Neil Leitch calls for a proper consultation on ratios

Concerned parents should be afraid...very afraid about the proposals in More Great Childcare, says Kate Hulm, lecturer in early years & early childhood studies

I often get into heated discussions with people about reading. I find that one of the reasons for the heat is that, as we get deep into the discussion, I discover that we are using the word 'read' in different ways.

Julie Lightley, owner of The Village Nursery in Trafford Park, explains why she feels Elizabeth Truss is insulting the sector by advocating that ratios can be reduced by employing highly qualified staff

Men's aspirations to be involved in family life are on the up. There is a new wave of dads emerging who want to wheel buggies, change nappies and join mum and child on the first walk to nursery. They are ready to reap the pleasures, and pains, of hands-on parenthood.