In Depth

First 1,001 Days: Special Report

Amid deep cuts to early years support, policymakers and practitioners are calling on the government to place greater emphasis on funding prevention services targeted at children in the first 1,001 days.

Factors for childcare cost rise

A perfect storm of stagnant funding rates and rising overheads are threatening providers' future, warn experts.

Inspections Clinic: Ofsted early years forum

A new group of early education academics and childcare experts has been convened by Ofsted to discuss research, practice, inspection and areas for improvement. Jo Stephenson finds out what it hopes to achieve.

Charity's guiding light: Julie Bentley, chief executive of Action for Children

Derren Hayes meets Julie Bentley, chief executive of Action for Children.

Early years policy: key questions

Andrea Leadsom outlines work being undertaken by a ministerial group to assess gaps in family support.