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I grew up in a world where reading was a normal pastime. I didn't have access to many books at home but I was an avid library fan. I went every Saturday to borrow two books (we were only allowed two, I hid as many as I could for the following week behind the encyclopedia). I also got two books for my...

Everyone who knows me or has heard me speak knows how passionate I am about targeted prevention, using the option of care wisely and sparingly, and holding risk in the community with children and young people's families. So, it might surprise you that in this blog I am going to write about the much less...

I can't be the only person walking around with a smile on my face, enjoying the longer days, seeing daffodils appear and generally enjoying the warmer weather. The year is moving forward at a pace and today I had reason to look forward in my diary to make sure Our Big Day, Rochdale's celebration event...

I was invited to talk to Eamonn Holmes at talkRADIO the other week about a news story that commented on our intention to try and ensure that of the advocated three hours activity a day, we would encourage the children to spend up to two hours of this outside in a garden, park or green space. I was...

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12 years with ADCS

26 February 2019

This is my last blog as a member of the ADCS Council of Reference, as I'm standing down as Chair of the ADCS Associates Network at the end of March. I'm retiring from even part-time work and a couple of other appointments, including being the Chair of NCER. ("Finally!", I hear some colleagues say, and...

It's an interesting sign of the political times that two weeks after Environment Secretary Michael Gove urged young people - "as future stewards of our planet" - to get more involved in protecting the environment, several of his colleagues took to the airwaves to point out that children walking out of...

My name can be a bit of a give-away, and if your assumption was that I have a non-UK heritage you would be correct - but I do consider myself to be British, although not just British. Thankfully, I'm now rarely asked to provide my ‘Christian' name and people generally no longer ask me where I come from...

Last week I gave a seminar at the Nursery World Show about pedagogy, and I particularly referenced the importance of early years teachers being able to name and describe the different types of play. I asked the audience the same question at the Ceeda "About early Years Workforce Roundtable" and the recent BrewEDEy....

For over a decade tech giants have failed to protect their young users. It is a troubling fact that despite the assurances of our politicians that these tech giants are entering the last chance saloon, we are no closer to the regulation and legislation needed to protect our children. We know that...

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) last month revealed knife crime in the year to September 2018 rose by eight per cent to 39,818 offences with 29 out of 43 police forces reporting an increase. Research recently carried out by the all-party parliamentary group on knife crime showed a 56 per cent...