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Helping kinship carers

We’re hearing more and more about the role grandparents are playing in children’s lives, but many are also full-time carers for their children, says Lucy Peake

Minister's view

Sam Gyimah is the first minister in the Department for Education with responsibility for mental health. Here he sets out the Government's priorities

Taking the trouble

The Troubled Families programme needs to work with early years practitioners and organisations, says Maureen Longley of Interface Enterprises

How we've lost our way

Last week, the Resolution Foundation hosted an event in partnership with the Family and Childcare Trust reflecting on what we have all learned in the decade since the 2004 childcare strategy about the best way forward.

All in all...gay marriage proposals

Dr Katherine Runswick-Cole outlines some of the implications for settings of the Government's 'gay marriage' plans in the first of her new column on inclusive practice.

To the point - Prevention not cure

David Cameron's recent turn to domestic policy with his 'Can Parent' classes is to be welcomed. Repositioning parenting classes as support for all, rather than a penalty for 'poor parents' is a good first step to encourage uptake. The next will be to ensure the service reaches the vulnerable, as well as the proactive.

To the point: Today not tomorrow

A children's author serving on an official commission on childcare noticed that many subcommittees were busily making recommendations around a central problem: 'It was generally agreed that the country was full of the wrong sort of people. There were strong opinions about what constituted a desirable citizenry and what should be done to children to procure one for the future.'

Exclusive: The Minister's View - Parents are central

How can we best engage parents in the work we do in early years settings? After all, although there is clear evidence of the importance of high quality early education and childcare, a child's home remains the single most important influence on their intellectual and social development.

To the point - Grandparents who juggle

The well-being of young children can only be truly gauged when we consider their relationships with the whole family. So we must examine the current changes to grandparenting and what they mean for grandchildren.

Opinion: In my view - Mind the duty of care

Childminders are a key component of the wraparound provision that the Government rightly prioritised in its ten-year childcare strategy. Schools need to recognise this valuable contribution that childminders make to some pupils' lives.

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