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'Buddies' boost for 30-hour places

By Derren Hayes |

28 November 2017

Department for Education hopes "buddy" scheme will help councils to create enough childcare places.

Social mobility's early opportunities

By Ellen Broomé |

31 October 2017

First six areas delivering social mobility initiative will focus on language and literacy development

Can EYTs fix the attainment gap?

By Liz Bayram and Neil Leitch |

26 September 2017

A Fair Education Alliance report calls for nurseries in deprived areas to employ an early years teacher (EYT), but opinion is split on whether this is the best way to tackle the attainment gap for poorer children.

As England braces itself for the introduction of 30 hours free childcare for three- and four-year-olds amid concerns over funding, early years experts outline how to ensure the policy is implemented successfully.

Promoting social mobility early

By Professor Sonia Blandford |

26 July 2017

Founder and chief executive of Achievement for All assesses Social Mobility Commission's recommendations for boosting early education

The loss of its overall majority has been politically costly for the government, but it has also caused policy upheaval and ministerial changes affecting children's services. Sector leaders consider the implications.

Childminders key to 30 hours

By Liz Bayram |

31 May 2017

Childcare chief explains how childminders can help councils tackle shortage of free entitlement places.

Will 30-hour childcare succeed?

By Neil Leitch and James Hempsall |

04 May 2017

Lack of funding for 30-hour free childcare is prompting leaders to question if scheme is deliverable.

Academic whose research underpins new government drive to resolve parental conflict explains how policy can help councils develop support programmes that mitigate the damage it causes to children's wellbeing.

Trailblazing training standards

By Fay Gibbin |

11 April 2017

Lead for new group developing early years standards shares plans as it bids to debunk "hair or care" ethos.