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Inspections Clinic: Early years inspections

Inspection is stressful for most nursery managers, but good preparation can help ensure you are ready for whatever is thrown at you. Trainer and consultant Sue Allingham gives Jo Stephenson her top tips.

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.

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.

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.

Inspections: Early years provision in schools

Ofsted inspections of school-based early years provision reveals a picture of quality services delivered by highly qualified staff, skilled in helping to prepare children for their transition to primary school.

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.

Early intervention leaders' debate

Children's services leaders from councils across England discussed the current challenges of resourcing effective early help services at a debate hosted by CYP Now in partnership with Capita One.

A space to play

Play services were dealt a setback with the demise of the national play strategy. Gabriella Jozwiak joins one area that is celebrating play and the positive impact it can have on children, families and communities

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

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