In Depth

'Buddies' boost for 30-hour places

Department for Education hopes "buddy" scheme will help councils to create enough childcare places.

Social mobility's early opportunities

First six areas delivering social mobility initiative will focus on language and literacy development

Early help's new protagonist: Jo Casebourne, chief executive, the Early Intervention Foundation

Derren Hayes speaks to Jo Casebourne, chief executive, the Early Intervention Foundation.

Can EYTs fix the attainment gap?

A Fair Education Alliance report calls for nurseries in deprived areas to employ an early years teacher (EYT), but opinion is split on whether this is the best way to tackle the attainment gap for poorer children.

Inspections: PVI childcare providers

A change in inspection procedures has helped contribute to a rise in the proportion of childcare providers on non-domestic premises that are rated good or outstanding, latest Ofsted figures show.