In Depth

Early years groups call for action on protecting children's centres

After a consultation on the role of children's centres is scrapped, providers challenge ministers to present a bold vision for their future and incorporate this into a government-wide review of support for families.

Inspections Clinic: Early years inspections

Inspection is stressful for most nursery managers, but good preparation can help ensure you are ready for whatever is thrown at you. Trainer and consultant Sue Allingham gives Jo Stephenson her top tips.

Five ways councils can get more from 30 hours funded childcare

As the second year of 30 hours funded childcare approaches, James Hempsall outlines what council leaders need to do to ensure the policy reaches those eligible and delivers on early years and social mobility duties.

A leading role for early years

Derren Hayes speaks to Tracy Brabin MP, shadow early years minister.

Special Report: Early Childhood Development

Policymakers and practitioners are boosting support for families in the most disadvantaged areas to help pre-school children develop the skills they need to thrive and reduce the attainment gap.

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