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Editorial: We can't afford to sidestep poor pay any more

By Ravi Chandiramani |

11 November 2008

The early years sector has been subject to a steady stream of welcome reforms over the past decade, starting with the first ever UK National Childcare Strategy in 1998.

Religious tolerance begins with understanding

By Anne Longfield |

21 October 2008

Children in the UK are growing up surrounded by a breadth of ethnic communities and cultural diversity not seen by previous generations.

Childminding is in need of some nurturing

By Ravi Chandiramani |

26 August 2008

The availability and quality of childminding is on the slide - this is the stark warning that emerges from two separate studies by Ofsted.

Editorial: Childcare proposals have political importance

By Ravi Chandiramani |

22 April 2008

The think-tank Policy Exchange has proposed a bold alternative to childcare funding for under-threes this week, signalling a clear challenge to the present system. As revealed by CYP Now last week, and followed up in this edition (p13), the Little Britons report calls for the creation of a universal Parental Care Allowance (PCA) of 50 to 60 a week per child. It would be financed through the abolitions of the childcare element of the working tax credit, electronic vouchers for childcare payments and the Sure Start Maternity Grant.

Commissioner for Wales is up to the challenge

By Howard Williamson |

25 March 2008

It was an "exceedingly drawn-out" appointments process, according to one Welsh politician. But Keith Towler came through the interviews, both with young people and politicians, to secure the position of children's commissioner for Wales, just under a year after the untimely death of his predecessor Peter Clarke.

Editorial: Discs blunder ups pressure on ContactPoint

By Ravi Chandiramani |

27 November 2007

Fear can be very contagious. The "missing discs" debacle at HM Revenue & Customs has intensified security concerns about ContactPoint, the 224m database that will hold details of every child in England.

Editorial: Children's services remain colour-blind

By Ravi Chandiramani |

30 October 2007

Findings of a study about engaging black and minority ethnic (BME) parents in children's services have been published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (see p4). Given government policy's emphasis on positive parenting and on connecting with hard-to-reach communities, it contains important messages for professionals who work with the young and their families.

Opinion: We must not lose sight of Sure Start's aim

By Ravi Chandiramani |

18 September 2007

There has been much debate in recent weeks about the effectiveness of the government's Sure Start children's centre programme.

Support should continue from birth to 19

By Anne Longfield |

04 September 2007

At the heart of the Every Child Matters reform is the ambition to improve outcomes and reduce inequalities for children and young people.