In Depth

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.

Mapping children's centre cuts

Experts challenge minister's assertion that poorest areas have not seen children's centres closed.

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.