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Promoting social mobility early

By Professor Sonia Blandford |

26 July 2017

Founder and chief executive of Achievement for All assesses Social Mobility Commission's recommendations for boosting early education

The loss of its overall majority has been politically costly for the government, but it has also caused policy upheaval and ministerial changes affecting children's services. Sector leaders consider the implications.

Childminders key to 30 hours

By Liz Bayram |

31 May 2017

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

Will 30-hour childcare succeed?

By Neil Leitch and James Hempsall |

04 May 2017

Lack of funding for 30-hour free childcare is prompting leaders to question if scheme is deliverable.

Academic whose research underpins new government drive to resolve parental conflict explains how policy can help councils develop support programmes that mitigate the damage it causes to children's wellbeing.

Trailblazing training standards

By Fay Gibbin |

11 April 2017

Lead for new group developing early years standards shares plans as it bids to debunk "hair or care" ethos.

Meeting of charity leaders to discuss the impact of Brexit on vulnerable children and families warns that the UK leaving the European Union could put children's rights, safeguarding and economic welfare at risk.

Improving readiness for school

By Colette Flowerdew-Kincaid |

28 March 2017

London mayor plan boosts links between school and early years so children are prepared for learning.

Delivering the workforce strategy

By Mark Dawe |

14 March 2017

Government's early years workforce strategy proposes raft of measures to tackle recruitment crisis.

Relationships in the early years

By Kirsten Asmussen |

28 February 2017

Advice on commissioning evidence-based parenting interventions for the early years, from the Early Intervention Foundation.