In Depth

Will reception test be beneficial?

The government is to develop a rating of pupils' ability when they enter reception, but experts disagree on whether it will be a good measure of schools' work and improve the education that children receive.

Childcare feels the Brexit effect

Childcare's reliance on staff from the EU means Brexit could exacerbate early years workforce crisis.

Creating more 30-hour places

Figures suggest access to free childcare is getting more difficult, with early years leaders calling for changes.

Early Help: Policy context

Amid rising demand for child protection services over the past decade, early help support for children and families with emerging or less severe problems has been largely left on the political, policy and funding sidelines.

Helping Birmingham Families Early: The 'Signs of Safety and Wellbeing' Practice Framework

The authors discuss the Signs of Safety and Wellbeing framework that has been introduced into Birmingham's early help services. This paper discusses the theoretical basis of Signs of Safety and how and why it is being used in Birmingham.