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Childcare, early years and play: the route to qualification

There are a number of routes available to people beginning a career in the chidren's sector. For 16- to 19-year-olds, colleges offer a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) or Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Childcare, Learning and Development at either Level 2 or 3.

Leadership: Staff motivation and retention

All children's services teams face the challenge of keeping staff turnover low against a landscape of tight budgets, so it is essential employers master the skills to retain, motivate and reward employees.

The policy context on Attachment and Neglect

In recent years there has been a growing recognition of the scale of child neglect, its long-term effect on children's wellbeing and how interventions can prevent and repair the damage caused to children's ability to form strong attachments with parents and carers.

Challenges of 2012/13: The debate

Senior local government figures thrashed out the challenges for children's services in the financial year ahead at a debate organised by CYP Now and 4Children. Ravi Chandiramani reports

Interview: Sarah Teather, minister for children and families

Sarah Teather is apologising that her rather functional Westminster office is not as homely as those of fellow ministers. "You should see some of them, especially the men's - have you seen Tim Loughton's?" she giggles. "They like to nest. But I've not been very good at nesting here."

Giving children a better start in life

The National Lottery-funded A Better Start programme to boost early child development celebrates its fifth birthday this month. Those involved in the programme highlight its achievements to date.

Election 2017: Party Policy Guide

Neil Puffett has trawled the manifestos to provide the definitive guide to what the three main UK-wide parties pledge on key issues for children, young people and families.

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