early years

I have seen how children grow and learn at an extraordinary pace in their early years
'Shoot!' yells Karina, a tall, athletic 15-year-old Burundian as she launches a ball in my direction. I grab it, go for the
This September, working parents who earn less than £100,000 per year each will be eligible for 30 hours free childcare for three and four year olds - double the 15 hours they are currently entitled to.
At the very heart of my ambition to make child health and wellbeing a national priority is my determination to drastically improve early years support for children and parents, and a national breastfeeding programme must be at the heart of this strategy.
30 hours 'free' childcare is drawing ever closer and thousands of childcare professionals are in unchartered territory. Nurseries
Election fever has begun. Well, less of a fever and more of a virus at the moment. The manifesto writers are busy locked in darkened rooms trying to shape their political parties' ideas and offers. According to the media and political pundits the main subject of the election is Brexit but a general election needs to address domestic bread and butter policy as well.
It seems that despite being registered with Ofsted and delivering a curriculum just like nurseries and pre-schools, many parents don't know they can access funded childcare places from a childminder and many local authorities are failing to embrace childminding as part of their local childcare offer.
As a mum who has put her own child through nursery, and as a childcare practitioner for over 15 years, I understand how busy life as a parent can be and it's not always possible to read every day with your child. However, it has been proven that children who are read to at an early age are more likely to excel with their numeracy, literacy and language skills as they get older.
A couple of weeks ago, the US electorate put two fingers up to the neoliberal establishment and voted in Donald Trump to be the next president of the USA. While I, along with many others, watched in silent fascination as this was played out, I was also preparing to meet two politicians who may have a greater say in our world.
Welcoming London's First Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare Challenge, Joanne McCartney to discuss the London Childcare