In Depth

'Invest in the childcare workforce to get best outcomes for children'

"What a mess! Despite investment to give more infants nursery care, there are huge problems with recruitment and retention, and so much unwillingness to gain any further qualification."

How to address the childminder decline

Inquiry aims to reinvent childminding as experts call for less council red tape and more support from government to stem falling numbers.

Speech and language: The 30 million word gap

According to one influential piece of research, disadvantaged children hear 30 million fewer words than their peers. Early years expert James Hempsall explores efforts to address the language gap.

Making the case for intervening earlier

Building on the impact of the Troubled Families programme can be vital for securing the future of early help in upcoming spending review.

Deprived councils bear brunt of decline in children's centres use

Analysis reveals the largest falls in the use of children's centres is in the poorest council areas leading experts to question the government's commitment to social mobility and call for a new funding and policy direction.