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Too many statutory requirements mean we are busy demonstrating compliance rather than getting on with our real job

Despite certain social advancements over the past 50 years, the story of childcare in recent decades is blighted by a theme of decline

The health minister's support for intergenerational care is a welcome boost for this growing movement, says Stephen Burke of United for All Ages

We should resist putting screens in front of children, and instead encourage them to entertain – and think for – themselves

With the upcoming Budget and Spending Review, ministers must argue for more funding on behalf of the whole early years sector - not just maintained nursery schools, says Neil Leitch

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

The Government's £30m school nurseries fund may be great news for schools, but why should private and voluntary nurseries be seen as second-class citizens?

As recent reports reveal ongoing problems with the underfunding of the 30 hours, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the biggest voluntary sector provider the Pre-school Learning Alliance, calls for Government action, as he explains why it has closed more than 20 settings

We sometimes need to take a step back, away from the politics, negativity and fear, in order to appreciate what matters most

Emeritus Professor Peter Moss, Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL, spoke last week at an event to mark 25 years since the launch of Early Studies Degrees. Here is his speech in full