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Mixed priorities

Our political parties need to put children, families and ‘life-long learning’ back at the centre of childcare policy

Mining the manifesto figures

We have been digging into the detail of manifesto pledges and were surprised to find that the party promising the least in terms of early years entitlements, costs the sector the most.

Reading between the lines

The way that literacy is framed in the revised EYFS will do nothing to help children gain a life-long love of reading

Falling on deaf ears

It doesn’t make sense for policy-makers to consistently ignore the latest research about the early years when formulating strategy.

Everyone needs a PANCo

Following a stark warning about obesity from the outgoing CMO, all early years settings need physical activity and nutrition champions

A lot of election promise

Ahead of the next general election, pledges will likely be made about childcare, but will they have any substance?

Editor's view - Numbers game

It might be time to look again at the thorny subject of staff:child ratios, but the essential arguments haven't changed substantially

Promises, promises

In amongst the in-fighting, arguments and name-calling, there are political pledges that we need to think about

No quick fixes

Unhappy children need to be understood and supported, rather than their carers resorting to short-term solutions

Paying lip service

The Government needs to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to releasing more funds for the early years

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