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Benefits of funded childcare need selling

By Derren Hayes |

25 September 2018

When searching for reasons for the low take-up of funded childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds in England, debate has focused on whether providers are being adequately remunerated to create sufficient places.

30 hours has overshadowed vital out-of-school child care

By Naomi Eisenstadt |

06 December 2016

The government is struggling to fulfil its commitment to 30 hours of free early education and childcare by 2017.

Another day and another council announces that yet more children's centres are to close.

Over the past 20 years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of the early years to life chances into adulthood.

Every now and then, I think about writing a satirical column on education, but before I get round to it, the world has proved that my most extreme ideas are too tame.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. If only we knew then what we know now. And now is an opportune moment to reflect over the past 18 years.

Social workers must give children some stability

By Anne Longfield |

24 March 2016