In Depth

Childminders key to 30 hours

Childcare chief explains how childminders can help councils tackle shortage of free entitlement places.

Election 2017: Party Policy Guide

Neil Puffett has trawled the manifestos to provide the definitive guide to what the three main UK-wide parties pledge on key issues for children, young people and families.

Special Report: Social Work With Children and Families

Social workers are among the most important people in the lives of vulnerable children, so a number of initiatives are aimed at re-energising a profession dogged by high caseloads and recruitment difficulties.

Strong voice for single parents: Rosie Ferguson, chief executive, Gingerbread

Neil Puffett meets Rosie Ferguson, chief executive of charity Gingerbread.

Inspections: Early years provision in schools

Ofsted inspections of school-based early years provision reveals a picture of quality services delivered by highly qualified staff, skilled in helping to prepare children for their transition to primary school.